Give Us Your Poor, Your Tired, Your Huddled Masses

By Jason Priestas on February 28, 2008 at 2:00 pm

Wednesday's loss at Indiana left many Buckeye fans dreading an invitation to that other tournament. You know, the one that used to be prestigious but now takes the 32-best teams not quite good enough for the NCAA tournament. If you're counting at home, that would be the 66th-97th finest teams in America.

But what about those poor institutions that are not even deemed worthy enough to play in the NIT? The College Basketball Invitational has them covered.

The new post-season tournament from the Gazelle Group, a New Jersey sports-marketing firm, hopes to bracket-up the next 16-best college basketball teams in America. We're talking 98-113 range at this point in time.

The Gazelle Group has some experience in this realm, having put on the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer and the CBI does have one interesting wrinkle: the championship will be a best-of-three home-away-home series.

No fluke victories in this one. You gotta earn it on the court, baby.