2012 CBI Tournament Bracket: Washington State To Play San Francisco

Marcus Capers has been playing some of the best basketball of his career down the stretch. He'll get at least one more opportunity to put on the uniform.

The Washington State basketball team will have the opportunity to continue playing this season as they have accepted a bid to the College Basketball Invitational. They will open the tournament at the University of San Francisco on Tuesday at 7 p.m. on HDnet. The full bracket can be found here.

The CBI consists of 16 teams with loser-out games for the first, second, and third rounds. The championship is a best of three series.

WSU denied the chance to play in this tournament two years ago when Klay Thompson was a sophomore. Ken Bone has spoken about this previously, and basically he says that the team didn't have much to gain from the extra games. He was probably right, as that 2010 Cougar team was getting progressively worse as the season went along, with teams shutting down Thompson and Reggie Moore hitting the freshman wall.

So why is this year different? Well, this team may not be at its peak at the moment, but they are certainly better than they were in December. No complaints here about the possibility to see Brock Motum play more basketball.

As for the opponent, USF finished fifth in the West Coast Conference. They helped end Gonzaga's long WCC title streak with a surprising win over the Zags late in the season. Their next best was probably over Montana. They are currently ranked 136 on KenPom.com. The Dons will likely be a slight favorite thanks to the home advantage. We'll have a more comprehensive preview later.

Not all CBI games are televised, but the ones that are will be on HDNet. HDNet is Mark Cuban's channel that brags about being in "23 million homes." Not every cable package comes with that, and it usually requires spending a little money. You can find out if your cable or satellite package carries it by going to HDNet's website and clicking "subscribe."

For now, I'm sure that guys like Marcus Capers and Abe Lodwick are thankful to wear the Crimson and Gray at least one more time.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join CougCenter

You must be a member of CougCenter to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at CougCenter. You should read them.

Join CougCenter

You must be a member of CougCenter to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at CougCenter. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker