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Huggins, WVU Plan CBI Path


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia will play in the College Basketball Invitational if they don’t sweep through the Big 12 Tournament to qualify for the NCAA Championships, Bob Huggins said Sunday night on his weekly radio show.

The CBI is the third post-season tournament behind the NCAA and the NIT.

West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins goes to the towel as the TCU game heads into double overtime
West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins goes to the towel as the TCU game heads into double overtime

All games, according to Huggins, would be at home.

“Our kids are ecstatic to have the chance to keep playing,” Huggins said.

The CBI is a 16-team tournament made up mostly of mid-majors, which means Huggins could get his team four more games of experience and the necessary practice to go with it.

There was some doubt whether WVU would accept a bid to play in the tournament, especially since they are taking a summer trip to Spain to play, but Huggins asked his team if they wanted to participate and they were eager to keep going.

“There’s pluses and minuses,” Huggins said a week ago when discussing the possibility of accepting a chance to play in this tournament. “I think the pluses are all the young guys I have will get a lot more practice. The negative side is attitudes and worrying about all of that stuff. To a degree, you want it to be a positive experience. You’d like to end the season on a good note.”

The CBI is a pay-to-play tournament, meaning you play $50,000 to play in the first round if at home, the visitor pays less, and the price goes up with each round but the school gets to keep the revenue from the game from ticket sales, concessions and any money earned through media.

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Huggins obviously has knowledge of a potential invite upon which to base his comments, but West Virginia’s 12-19 record is below the threshold for other teams participating recently in the tournament. There is, however,  no minimum record required by the Gazelle Group, with runs the tournament.

Schools such as Oregon State, Oregon, Pitt, Houston, Cincinnati, Stanford, Virginia, Penn State, Purdue, TCU, St. John’s, Texas and Washington have competed in the CBI since its inception in 2008, although the majority of those came in the early years of the tournament. Last year, the 16 team field was composed solely of mid-majors. Participants in 2017 included Wyoming, George Washington and Rice, preceded by Nevada in 2016 and Colorado in 2015.

(Additional reporting by Kevin Kinder)

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    Huggins, WVU Plan CBI Path MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia will play in the College Basketball Invitational if they don’t sweep through the Big 12 T
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    #85708

    I think this is a good move in terms of getting more practice in and game experience for a young team.

    The stigma a playing down or paying to play is outweighed by the experience they will get as they build on the progress they have recently shown.

    #85710

    Agreed. It could be up to five extra games’ experience, as the finals are a best-of-three series.

    Last year’s CBI champion, North Texas, took a losing record into the tournament.

    This unique season is the only scenario in which WVU would or should ever accept a CBI bid. Huggs has had this team in place for only a few weeks.

     

    #85717

    I had asked a few weeks ago about a potential CBI (not to Huggs) and it was downplayed. Getting the feeling Huggs made the call.

    Now, will the CBI take a team with 20 losses? I would think Huggs would not have said anything if he didn’t have a good indication in that direction. Still, that will raise a couple of eyebrows, as much as it can against the backdrop of tournament week, bubble predictions and the picks for the NCAA and NIT.

    #85732

    I doubt that a 20 loss team would detract from the CBI if it’s a national name team.  WVU would be on the top of that list.

    Earlier this year I would have said NO WAY to a CBI berth.  No way should WVU EVER pay to play.  But rationally thinking this thru, it’s the best for this team the way we are built today.  Getting the extra practice time and extra games for  1st year playerrs Culver/Gordon/Haley/McCabe/Matthews/(Doomes?) and returnees Knapper/West, Harler (whoever may be back) will do wonders setting up teamwork for next year.  It may also give us a sneak peak at who is returning from those 9.

    #85735

    Well if folks take into consideration what happened to WVU this season and how they have been playing down the stretch, they might recognize that Murphy’s Law hit WVU hard this season and they finally started to find their way the last two weeks with a completely new squad than what we saw from Nov-Feb.

    If we were to start the season all over again with this squad, I believe we’d see a much different record.  Something I’d really like to see is if WVU does indeed get into the CBI is if this group is ready to win it.

    #85736

    If you are correct, and I think you are, then we should see a victory over Oklahoma and a challenging game against the #1 seed the next day.

    #85739

    CBI will invite because it’s Bob Huggins. His name carries.

    2012 – Pittsburgh won the 2012 CBI tournament over Washington State. The Cougars had won the first game of the series by one point before Pittsburgh came back to win the last two. Pitt entered Big east Tournament with a 16-15 record. They lost 2nd round of BIG EAST tourney. Their record entering the CBI was 17-16. Washington State was 15-17 going into CBI. Worst record to ever play CBI was Cincinnati 13-18

    I would prefer not to enter CBI but it’s not really my choice.

     

     

    #85748

    I think it’s a good move, for the reasons mentioned. And actually, I raised this question (on the SL) a few weeks back, even before the Harris/Ahmad ordeal– fully realizing that this team would have a losing record and not having any idea if they could play with such even in the CBI. But now, as I felt then, this would be an invaluable extension of PT for the coaches to get some much needed sorting out of the roster for next season–particularly with how the team has responded with things winding down.

    #85773

    We don’t need the CBI because we are going to win the BIG 12 Tourney!  But if by some chance we don’t win the tourney, I hope the CBI games are televised.

    #85775

    If we’re going to pay $50k to play/game in CBI then Huggins needs

    to chip in 50% along with his staff.

    #85781

    If we’re going to pay $50k to play/game in CBI then Huggins needs to chip in 50% along with his staff.

    Expand on this please? What’s the rationale?

    #85791

    If we’re going to pay $50k to play/game in CBI then Huggins needs

    to chip in 50% along with his staff.

    5,000 tickets sold at just $25 grosses $125,000. Plus concessions, plus parking.

    Just what is it that you’d like to add?

    Nice attempt at trolling

    #85793

    That should inspire the team for Oklahoma!!!!

    unbelievable!!!!

    #85795

    If we’re going to pay $50k to play/game in CBI then Huggins needs to chip in 50% along with his staff.

    Troll or serious, can’t tell without the burleywood.

    We will make money on this game even with 2,000 in the stands at $25/pop.

     

    #85803

    Bottom line here is very simple – this group needs more practice time and playing time together.  What ever means accomplishes this is in the direction of goodness.  With that said, who cares if we pay to play?  Clearly, the return on investment is a no brainer.

    #85813

    If we’re going to pay $50k to play/game in CBI then Huggins needs to chip in 50% along with his staff.

    5,000 tickets sold at just $25 grosses $125,000. Plus concessions, plus parking. Just what is it that you’d like to add? Nice attempt at trolling

    What does it cost to just open the doors of the Coliseum?

    #85828

    If we’re going to pay $50k to play/game in CBI then Huggins needs to chip in 50% along with his staff.

    Troll or serious, can’t tell without the burleywood. We will make money on this game even with 2,000 in the stands at $25/pop.

    Burleywood.

    #85842

    Bottom line here is very simple – this group needs more practice time and playing time together. What ever means accomplishes this is in the direction of goodness. With that said, who cares if we pay to play? Clearly, the return on investment is a no brainer.

    Precisely. And even were WVU to “go in the hole” financially, it would be money WELL spent, due to the circumstances of this season that’s already been pointed out. Besides, all of this talk of “revenue” assumes that WVU only plays one game–what if that number is tripled? AND, not knowing anything about broadcast rights, what about that (again, not that any of that is important or a reason to participate in this).

    #85854

    The 2019 record of $322,500/win this year is putrid.  Just why the H did it take him to

    End of season to play the kids now starting?

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaab/2019/03/12/march-madness-here-five-highest-paid-coaches-likely-miss-ncaas/3137766002/

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