March 16, 2008
Providence, Rhode Island -
After posting a school record 19 wins, the Brown men's basketball team has accepted an invitation to compete in the inaugural College Basketball Invitational (CBI). The Bears will match-up against the Ohio University Bobcats (19-12) on Tuesday, March 18 at the Convocation Center in Athens, Ohio. Game time is 7:00 p.m.
Brown coach Craig Robinson's team established a new school record for victories with a 19-9 record, posting a winning percentage of .678, the best at Brown since 1945. The 19 victories shattered the previous mark of 17 wins by Brown teams in 1974, 2003 and 2005. Robinson's squad also captured 10 of the last 11 games to finish the regular season.
Brown's 11 Ivy League wins (11-3) were good for second place in the Ivy standings. The 11 Ivy wins are also second only to the 2003 Bears who posted a 12-2 Ivy mark.
Brown has made three prior post-season appearances, in 1939, 1986 and 2003. The Bears played in the first ever NCAA Tournament in 1939, falling to Villanova, 42-30 in the quarterfinals. In 1986, Brown won the Ivy title and played Syracuse in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, losing to the Orangemen in Syracuse, 101-52. Brown's last post-season appearance was in the 2003 NIT, falling to the Virginia Cavaliers in Charlottesville, VA.
Brown historic season was headlined by senior 1,000-point scorers Mark McAndrew (Barrington, RI) and Damon Huffman (Petoskey, MI), who earned first team All-Ivy honors, and junior Chris Skrelja (Hastings-on-Hudson, NY), a second team All-Ivy selection.
McAndrew, a two-time first team All-Ivy selection and an Academic All-American, scored 1,085 career points for the Bears, 17th best in the Brown record book. He is the Ivy League's top scorer with 16.5 points per game. Huffman scored 1,267 career points at Brown, 10th all-time for the Bears, and set a new school record with 223 career treys. Skrelja was the Ivy League's third leading rebounder (6.7 rpg), and ranked second in the league with 113 assists (4.04 per game).
The 16-team postseason CBI will be staged by The Gazelle Group, which is based in Princeton, N.J., and runs the 2K Sports College Hoop Classic that benefits Coaches vs. Cancer and the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic.
The teams will be invited along the same criteria used by the NCAA and NIT -- overall and conference records and late-season play. Four geographic brackets will be balanced competitively. Television arrangements will be announced as they are confirmed.
It will be a single-elimination tournament through the first two rounds and the semifinals, all played at campus sites. The Championship Series will be a best-of-three with the higher-seeded team playing at home in the first game and, if necessary, the third. The first round is scheduled for March 18-19. The Championship Series will be March 31, April 2 and April 4.