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We're #...... 98?

by Craig Edwards

Posted on March 19, 2008 at 8:08 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:41 PM

By Craig Edwards

So the countdown is on to the NCAA Tournament. I write this on Wednesday, now less than 24 hours away from the big dance. To be honest, it took a lot of self control to not max out my credit card and make the trip to Denver to watch the Cougs in the first couple of rounds.

However, the basketball tournaments have already started. The NIT, a good second tournament for those bubble teams who didn't make the big dance, tipped off last night. So did something called the College Basketball Invitational.

I did a double take at that name, but eventually remembered reading something about it at the start of the season. The CBI is a brand new 16 team tournament that invites schools that don't make the NCAA or the NIT.

Math time: There are 65 teams in the NCAA Tournament. The NIT adds another 32. That's a total of 97. So as Tony Kornheiser said it, these CBI teams are playing to be the 98th best team in the country.

This is just plain silly. Do we really need another tournament? The NIT is a great second tier tournament, allowing bubble teams to mix up with schools who had good seasons, but play in what are normally 1 NCAA bid conferences. It's can be a great launching pad for the winners and has been around since 1938.

However, the folks behind this CBI tournament should really have focused their efforts elsewhere, like a Division 1 football playoff.