Duquesne Men Accept CBI Bid
March 15, 2010
PITTSBURGH - Duquesne University has accepted a bid to play in the 2010 College Basketball Invitational, marking the school's second postseason appearance in four seasons under head coach Ron Everhart. It will be the first time since 1980 (NIT) & 1981 (NIT) that the Dukes will make back-to-back postseason appearances.
Duquesne (16-15) will play at Princeton (20-8) on Wednesday, March 17 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be televised nationally by HDNet.
This will be the 23rd postseason appearance for Duquesne which has appeared in five NCAA Championships and 17 NITs. It is DU's first appearance in the three-year-old CBI.
Last year, DU made its first postseason appearance since 1994 when it lost a first round National Invitation Tournament game at Virginia Tech 116-108 in double overtime.
Duquesne, which dropped an 83-71 decision at St. Bonaventure in the Atlantic 10 Championship first round on March 9, owns wins over NCAA Tournament participant Robert Morris as well as NIT participant Dayton. DU faced seven 2010 NCAA tournament and two NIT teams this season.
Princeton, which finished second in the Ivy League with an 11-3 record, has been idle since a regular season-ending 68-56 win over Penn on March 9. The Tigers, who are 10-3 at home, are 1-1 against Atlantic 10 teams this season with a 65-50 loss at George Washington on Nov. 24 and a 70-62 win at Saint Joseph's on Jan. 2.
Duquesne is 1-1 all time against Princeton with the last meeting coming Dec. 27, 1973 in the first round of the Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden. Princeton won that game 72-62. The only other meeting was on Mar. 21, 1952 when the No. 4 (AP) Dukes defeated the Tigers in the first round of the NCAA East Regional at Chicago, 60-49.
The Duquesne/Princeton winner will face the winner of the March 17 IUPUI at Hofstra game.
The 16-team CBI is a single-elimination tournament up until the best-of-three Championship Series, with all games played at campus sites. The event features eight first-round games (March 16-17), four quarterfinal round games (March 22), a semifinal round (March 24), and then the Championship Series (March 29, 31 & April 2 if necessary).
Teams are invited based upon performance during their conference and non-conference schedules, as well as how well the team is playing at the end of the regular season.
The College Basketball Invitational is produced by The Gazelle Group in Princeton, N.J. The Gazelle Group is a sports marketing firm specializing in event production and management, client representation, and sponsorship consulting.
Ticket information is to come.