Duquesne to Participate in College Basketball Invitational
March 14, 2011
PITTSBURGH - Duquesne University has accepted a bid to play in the 2011 College Basketball Invitational presented by Zebra Pen, marking the first time since 1968-71 that the school has advanced to postseason play in three consecutive seasons. The postseason appearance is the third in five years under head coach Ron Everhart.
Duquesne (18-12), which finished tied for fourth in the Atlantic 10 with a 10-6 record, will play at Montana (21-10) on Wednesday, March 16 at 9:05 p.m. (EDT). The game will not be televised. It will be the first meeting between the two schools.
Montana, which finished second in the Big Sky Conference with a 12-4 record, lost at Northern Colorado, 65-60 in the Big Sky Championship title game on March 9. The Grizzlies, who own a 66-57 win at UCLA and a 71-66 home win over Oregon State this season, are 13-1 at 7,500-seat Dahlberg Arena.
The Duquesne/Montana winner will face the winner of the March 16 Weber State at Oregon game.
This will be the 24th postseason appearance for Duquesne which has participated in five NCAA Championships and 17 National Invitation Tournaments. It is DU's second consecutive appearance in the four-year-old CBI.
DU made its first postseason appearance since 1994 two years ago when it lost a first round NIT game at Virginia Tech 116-108 in double overtime. Last year, the Dukes dropped a CBI first round game at Princeton, 65-51.
Duquesne, which lost 93-90 in overtime to Saint Joseph's in the Atlantic 10 Championship second round at Atlantic City on March 11, owns wins over NCAA Tournament participant Temple as well as NIT participant Dayton. DU faced seven 2011 NCAA tournament and one NIT team this season.
A current member of the Atlantic 10 has been selected in every year of the tournament's four-year history. Saint Louis advanced to the 2010 Championship Series against eventual champion Virginia Commonwealth, while Duquesne (2010, 2011), George Washington (2010), Rhode Island (2011), Richmond (2008, 2009) and St. Bonaventure (2011) also have been - or will be in 2011 - part of the CBI field.
The 16-team event begins on Tuesday, March 15 when two of eight First Round games will be played. Remaining First Round games will be played on Wednesday, March 16. The Quarterfinal Round will take place on Monday, March 21 with Semifinal Round games being played on Wednesday, March 23.
The tournament culminates with a best-of-three Championship Series, which begins on Monday, March 28 and continues on Wednesday, March 30. Should a third game be necessary, it will be played on Friday, April 1.
Every game of the CBI presented by Zebra Pen will be played at campus sites.
HDNet will serve as the primary television outlet for the CBI presented by Zebra Pen. HDNet reaches in excess of 23 million homes.
The CBl presented by Zebra Pen is produced by The Gazelle Group of Princeton, N.J. The Gazelle Group is a sports marketing firm specializing in event production and management, client representation, and sponsorship consulting.