UW Men to Play in Inaugural College Basketball Invitational

March 16, 2008

SEATTLE - The Washington men's basketball team received a postseason berth to the inaugural College Basketball Invitational and will host Valparaiso, the CBI committee announced Sunday night.

The Huskies (16-16) and Valpo (21-13) meet, Wednesday, Mar. 19 at 6 p.m. in Bank of America Arena on the UW campus. Washington is the No. 1 seed in the West Region and the Crusaders are No. 4.

Click here to get your tickets for the Huskies opening-round CBI game against Valparaiso, Wednesday at 6 p.m.

If the Huskies win, they play at home again on Monday, Mar. 24 in a quarterfinal contest against the winner of Tuesday's Houston at Nevada clash.

CBI tickets for Wednesday's first-round game in Seattle are priced at $15, with a $5 rate for UW students.

Season ticket holders have priority and immediate access to purchase tickets online. To guarantee priority, season ticket holders must order CBI tickets by 5 p.m. on Monday, Mar. 17.

Tickets to the general public are available beginning, Tuesday, Mar. 18 at 8:30 a.m. They can be purchased on-line (www.gohuskies.com), via telephone (206-543-2200) or at the Husky Ticket Office from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The CBI features a 16-team field with all games taking place on campus sites. First-round games are scheduled for Mar. 18 and 19 at eight different venues.

The championship round is unique, implementing a best-of-three format with the two participants alternating as hosts.

Washington registered a 7-11 record to finish eighth in the tough Pac-10 Conference standings. Six Pac-10 teams received bids to the NCAA Tournament, including No. 1 seed UCLA whose last loss was a 71-61 decision at Washington on Feb. 10.

In their last outing, the Huskies lost 84-81 to California on Mar. 12 in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament.

This season's participation in the inaugural CBI marks Washington's 19th foray into postseason play. The Huskies appeared in the NCAA Tournament 13 times, registering a 14-14 combined record. Most recently, UW advanced to back-to-back Sweet Sixteens, in 2005 and 2006.

The Huskies have a 3-5 record in five postseason NIT berths, including a first-round loss at Nebraska in 1997 during their last appearance.

Washington has never before played against Valpo in men's basketball. The Crusaders tied for fourth place in the Horizon League with a 9-9 record. Valpo won six of its last seven games.

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