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College Basketball Invitational bracket: We get to watch more Bogdan Bliznyuk


NCAA Basketball: Eastern Washington at Washington James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

With the NCAA Tournament and NIT fields officially released, the remaining intrigue of the night turned to the College Basketball Invitational (OK, maybe that’s just me). Anyway, the 16-team field has been unveiled as well. Here it is:


Seattle, UTRGV, Utah Valley, and Grand Canyon all received bids to the CBI. An all-WAC Final Four would be insanely dumb and it is what you should cheer for.

Players to Watch:

Jordan Howard, Central Arkansas: Averaging 25 points per game including a 35-point game against UCLA and 43 against Stephen F Austin.

Nick Dixon, Texas Rio Grande Valley: Averaging just over 20 points, he is a consistent scorer for UTRGV, scoring at least 14 points in every game.

Bogdan Bliznyuk, Eastern Washington: A 6’6 senior from Ukraine, he is EWU’s leading scorer and has a fun name to drunkenly yell. And if you’re watching the CBI Tournament while sober (and you’re not a fan of a participating team), you have a problem and need to seek help.

Championship Series:

The best part about this tournament is that the championship is a best-of-three series, which is something that the NCAA Tournament should do for all of the Final Four matchups.

Last year’s champion was the Wyoming Cowboys, who failed to make any tournaments this year.