Texas, Baylor both headed to postseason -- just not THAT postseason
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AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas has accepted an invitation to participate in the 2013 College Basketball Invitational (CBI) presented by Buick, the school announced Sunday evening. The Longhorns (16-17 overall, 7-11 Big 12 Conference) will travel to face Houston (19-12 overall, 7-9 Conference USA) in an Opening Round contest on Wednesday, March 20. Tip time has been set for 8 p.m. (Central) at Hofheinz Pavilion, and the contest will be televised by AXS TV.
The sixth annual CBI will consist of 16 teams vying for the tournament championship. Opening Round games will be played on Tuesday, March 19 and Wednesday, March 20. The Quarterfinal Round is scheduled for Monday, March 25, and Semifinal Round games will be played on Wednesday, March 27. A unique feature of the CBI is its best-of-three Championship Series, which begins on Monday, April 1 and continues on Wednesday, April 3. Should a third game be necessary, it will be played on Friday, April 5.
Every game of the 2013 CBI will be played on campus. Past champions of the CBI include: Pittsburgh (2012), Oregon (2011), VCU (2010), Oregon State (2009) and Tulsa (2008).
This marks UT’s first appearance in the College Basketball Invitational. In fact, it marks the Longhorns’ first postseason appearance in a non-NCAA Tournament since the 1985-86 season, when Texas advanced to the Postseason NIT Second Round.
The Longhorns will make their 35th all-time postseason appearance in the 2013 CBI. UT has registered an all-time record of 40-36 (.526) in postseason play in its previous 34 appearances. The Horns have made a total of 30 appearances in the NCAA Tournament (34-33 record) and four trips to the Postseason NIT (6-3). Texas has won one championship in program history, capturing the 1978 Postseason NIT title.
UT had advanced to 14 consecutive NCAA Tournaments entering the 2012-13 season (1999-2012), tied for the fourth-longest active NCAA streak nationally. Texas was one of just six schools to achieve the feat, joining Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Michigan State and Wisconsin.
WACO, Texas – Baylor men’s basketball has received a No. 2 seed in the 2013 National Invitational Tournament. The Bears will host No. 7 seed Long Beach State at 8 p.m. CT Wednesday at the Ferrell Center on ESPN2.
With a win against Long Beach State, Baylor would advance to face the winner of No. 3 Arizona State vs. No. 6 Detroit. Second-round games are scheduled for Thursday through Monday, but the Bears can only host a second-round game on Friday due to the women’s basketball team hosting first and second rounds of the NCAA Championship, March 24 and 26. Baylor would have to play on the road if the game is scheduled for Saturday, Sunday or Monday.
Baylor will be making back-to-back postseason appearances for the fourth time in program history. BU played in the 1987 NIT and 1988 NCAA Tournament, and the Bears had three consecutive postseason appearances with the 2008 and 2010 NCAA Tournaments and the 2009 NIT.
The Bears will be making their fifth NIT appearance. Baylor lost in the first round in 1987, 1990 and 2001, but they won four consecutive games to advance to the 2009 NIT Championship Game at Madison Square Garden. That postseason experience helped the Bears reach the NCAA Elite Eight the following season. The Bears are 4-4 all-time in the NIT, including a 4-1 record in the Drew era.
Baylor is hosting a NIT game for only the second time. BU hosted Georgetown in 2009 first round, winning 74-72 to advance to take on Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. The Bears then beat Auburn on the Tigers’ home floor to punch their ticket to New York.
The Bears are 2-2 all-time against Long Beach State, but the teams haven’t met on the hardwood since Baylor beat LBSU 87-80 on Dec. 22, 1979, in Lafayette, La.