Men's Hoops Selected to Host First Round of CBI

March 14, 2009

CORVALLIS, Ore. - For the first time since the 2004-05 season, the Oregon State men's basketball team has qualified for postseason play as the Beavers have been selected as one of eight hosts for the first round of the College Basketball Invitational, the athletic department announced on Saturday.

The first round game will be played at Gill Coliseum on Tuesday, March 17, or Wednesday, March 18, with a time and opponent to be announced on Sunday evening.

'We are very excited to have the opportunity to continue our season and play a first round game in front of our home crowd,' head coach Craig Robinson said. 'I'm very proud of the way the team has grown throughout the year and the selection is a great reward for our seniors who have worked so hard over the past few seasons. The chance to play in a postseason tournament will give our guys valuable experience as we continue to build the program.'

Oregon State enters postseason play with a record of 13-17 on the year after finishing Pac-10 Conference play in eighth-place with a 7-11 mark. The Beavers, who own three top 50 RPI wins, were picked to finish last in the Pac-10 Conference heading into the season.

The postseason appearance will be the 21st in school history as the Beavers last earned a postseason bid with a berth in the National Invitation Tournament following the 2004-05 campaign.

Tickets for the first round of the CBI will go on sale Monday, March 16 at 8:30 a.m. The price will be $25 for a chairback and $15 for a bench seat. Students will be admitted to the contest for free and can begin picking up tickets on Monday at 8:30 a.m.

To order tickets, purchase in person at the Oregon State ticket office or by calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS. Fans can also order online at the official website of Oregon State athletics,

The field for the second year of the CBI will be announced Sunday. Last season, Tulsa beat Bradley in the 'best of three' championship for the inaugural title.

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