Men's Hoops to Host Houston in First Round of CBI

March 15, 2009

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PRINCETON, N.J. – The pairings for the second-annual College Basketball Invitational were announced Sunday evening as the Oregon State men’s basketball team will open play in the 16-team tournament when the Beavers host Houston on Wednesday, March 18th, at 7:00 p.m. The game will be televised by HDNet with the winner facing either Vermont (23-8) or Green Bay (22-10) on Monday, March 23.

Oregon State, making its first postseason appearance since the 2004-05 season, 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.

Houston enters the contest with a record of 21-11 on the season as the Cougars fell to Memphis in the semi-finals of the Conference USA tournament this past week. The Cougars have four players in double figures, led by Aubrey Coleman at 19.7 points per game. Kelvin Lewis ranks second on the squad, averaging 18.0 points per contest.

The meeting with the Cougars will mark only the second in series history as Oregon State captured the first and only meeting with a 63-60 win during the 1965-66 season.

Tickets for the game against the Cougars 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, by clicking here.

The College Basketball Invitational is a single-elimination tournament, up until the 'Best of Three' Championship Series, with all games being played at campus sites. Prior to the semifinals, the remaining teams will be re-seeded. The Championship Series is a 'Best of Three' (home-away-home) in which the higher seeded team will host the first and last (if necessary) home games.

HDNet is the official broadcast home for the CBI. HDNet will broadcast up to eleven of the tournament games, including doubleheaders on March 17, 18, 23 & 25.

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