The USF men’s basketball team didn’t come away from Selection Sunday empty handed as they were invited to the CBI Tournament and will host Stony Brook in a first-round matchup on Wednesday, Mar. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Yuengling Center All tournament games will be broadcast on ESPNU.
Quarterfinal location TBD.
We’re postseason bound!!— USF Men's Basketball (@USFMBB) March 18, 2019
Make plans to join us Wednesday at 7 p.m. from the @yuenglingcenter for our matchup against Stony Brook in the opening round of the @CBITourney.
Stay tuned for more information. #RunWithUs pic.twitter.com/BV0tSchPPv
It's official. Let the games begin!#CBI2019 #GoBruno #LanceUp #ONEMatador #ChantsUp #dpubb #LopesUp #HowardMBB #GoWood #JoinThePride #RunWithUs #SMTTT #SeawolvesUnited #UVUhoops #HailWV #WinAsOne pic.twitter.com/TyrHIuYGug— College BBall Invit. (@CBITourney) March 18, 2019
From sources, USF views the CBI as an appropriate investment in the program’s development. USF is working with donors to make tickets free for students.
Taking a step forward with a 19-13 overall record this season, the program officially received its first postseason invitation since the magical NCAA Round of 32 team in 2012.
Their first-round opponent Stony Brook (24-8) finished the regular season as conference runner-ups before an upset loss to Binghamton in the first-round of the America East tournament kneecapped their chances at an NCAA or even an NIT bid. Just hours before on Sunday, it was announced that head coach Jeff Boals would be leaving to take over his alma mater at Ohio.
The tournament is single elimination until the finals, where the final two teams ill face each other in a best-of-three series on Apr. 1, 3 and 5 if necessary. North Texas defeated San Francisco in the tournament final last year.