Monday, January 26, 2009

New Post-Season Tournament Set

And, now, there are four post-season tournaments.

In addition to the NCAA event and the National Invitation Tournament, there are now two other events that take the leftovers of Division I basketball after those two fields are filled.

The College Basketball Invitational made its debut with a 16-team field (including Rider) last year, and the event is set to run again this year.

On Monday, yet another post-season event was announced.

It's the Postseason Tournament, which will also feature 16 teams not invited to the NCAA's or the NIT.

The field will be determined after the official lannouncements of the those two events and, presumably, will compete for teams with the College Basketball Invitational.

The Postseason Tournament will be a single-elimination event consisting of four rounds, with the first three rounds being played at on-campus sites, which will be determined by seeding.The inaugural championship game will be played at an on-campus site also determined by seeding.

The tournament consists of 15 games: Eight first-round games, four second-round games, two semi-final games and a championship game. In an effort to minimize travel and limit class time missed, teams will be bracketed geographically.

The opening round games will be played on Monday, March 17 and Tuesday, March 18 (the first round of the NCAA Tournament will begin on March 19). Quarterfinal games will be played on Monday, March 23. Semifinal games will be played on Wednesday, March 25. The championship game will be played on Tuesday, March 31.

The official tournament website can be found at:

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