Broncos to Face Stanford in 2009 College Basketball Invitational

BOISE, Idaho The Boise State men’s basketball team will have a chance to reach their goal of posting its second consecutive 20-win season as the Broncos have accepted a bid to participate in the 2009 College Basketball Invitational (CBI).

“We are excited to play at Stanford in the College Basketball Invitational,” said Boise State Athletic Director Gene Bleymaier.  “This is a great opportunity for our team to play in the post season and I know our players are looking forward to the challenge.”

The Broncos (19-12, 9-7 WAC) will travel to the Bay Area to take on Stanford (18-13, 6-12 Pac-10), Wednesday, March 18, at 8 p.m. (MT) during the opening round of play. This will mark the first meeting between the two schools.

“We are excited about playing in the post season and the opportunity to play Stanford,” added Boise State Head Coach Greg Graham. “There are a lot of good teams across the country this year, and the CBI gives a lot of great teams the chance to play in post season.”

The College Basketball Invitational was created to give deserving teams who have been left out of the NCAA Tournament to continue playing and be a part of the postseason environment.

The CBI is a sixteen team, single-elimination tournament, up until the Championship Series, with all games being played at campus sites of the higher seed. The Championship Series will be a best of three series, home-away-home, in which the high seed will get the first and last (if necessary) home games.
The event will feature eight first-round games, four quarterfinal games, a semi-final round and then a Championship Series. Of the CBI’s 17 possible games, 11 will be televised nationally on the HDNet.

Bracketing for the event was done geographically into four regions of the country (East, West, South, Midwest) to minimize missed class time and are balanced competitively within each region.

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