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The CBI is silly (but the games are close)

Posted on: March 21, 2008 10:45 am
Edited on: March 21, 2008 10:46 am

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Thank God it's Friday!

And I sure hope it's better than Thursday.

Yes, the Duke-Belmont game was fabulous,  a reminder of what makes the NCAA tournament the greatest postseason event in American sports. But outside of that, well, there wasn't much to hold anybody's interest. I mean, did you see the final scores?

Xavier 73, Georgia 61.

That's how the day began.

UCLA 70, Mississippi Valley State 29.

That's how the day ended.

And in between it was more of the same as 13 of Thursday's 16 first-round matchups were decided by double-digits. The only exceptions were Duke-Belmont, Kentucky-Marquette and Texas A&M-BYU, and it was almost enough to make me yearn for the College Basketball Invitational.

Have you been following the CBI?

If so, you've got a serious problem that must be addressed immediately.

But at least that silly event is producing competitive games, even if they are insignificant.

Six of the CBI's eight games have been decided by six points or less because nothing screams "this is gonna be a tight one" like Valparaiso-Washington and Houston-Nevada. Valpo beat Washington by a point; Houston beat Nevada by a point. And it was so exciting that Houston coach Tom Penders compared the atmosphere to, well, I'll just let you read the quote.

"It was a heck of a game," Penders said. "This CBI is going to be something special and it's nice to be one of the first 16 teams invited to this. It was like a national championship environment in here."

Seriously, Tom?

A national championship environment?

Clearly, it's been a long time since Penders has sniffed a national championship environment. That's why he's coaching at Houston instead of Texas. But in fairness, Houston's 80-79 win over Nevada does sound like it was a "heck of a game" if only because it was competitive. And given what we witnessed in the NCAA tournament on Thursday I'm inclined to root for competitiveness, regardless of the event.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: March 21, 2008 6:44 pm

The CBI is silly (but the games are close)

In quoting the Xavier - Georgia game as a yawner, it is obvious Parrish didn't watch it.  Georgia was a great story getting into the tournament and led most of the way before finally running out of gas and having to foul at the end.  The final score in no way reflected the greatness of the game.

Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: March 21, 2008 1:34 pm

The CBI is silly (but the games are close)

If a team has an opportunity to extend their season and play more games, in whatever tourney,  they should take it.  You owe it to your seniors, who may never play in the pros.  It will be their last opportunity to play for their school.  You owe it to the underclassmen, who have the opportunity to test themselves and improve their game.  You owe it to your fans.  Never turn down an opportunity to play a game because of false pride.

Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: March 21, 2008 1:26 pm

The CBI is silly (but the games are close)

Something is very wrong here when Gary Parrish is following the CBI games and talking about what the coach at the University of Houston said.  Few notice the NIT is going on and less even know what the CBI is...maybe its an economic indicator of the Consumer Buying Index. 
Get back to talking about the NCAA Tourney please.

Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: March 21, 2008 12:55 pm

The CBI is silly (but the games are close)

and then branch the winners of each tournment off into one big tournament at the end of the season for the true champions. For example the winner of the NIT plays the winner of the NCAA Tournament.

Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: March 21, 2008 12:54 pm

The CBI is silly (but the games are close)

It's silly that you would pay a coach $1 million dollars a year to coach and you had a chance to keep your season going in the CBI tournament but you turn it down. Who would want to play for a basketball team that does that? It's gotta hurt recruiting.

Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: March 21, 2008 11:36 am

The CBI is silly (but the games are close)

Why not just scrap the NCAA Tourney, NIT, and CBI and let every D 1 school play for the title.  Go ahead and seed them on Selection Sunday, and start playing on Monday or Tuesday.  This is starting to get to be like the bowl games- too many mediocre teams getting to play in the post season.  I can remember when post season games were for deserving teams.

Viktor Crapper
Since: Sep 22, 2007
Posted on: March 21, 2008 11:10 am
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