Not Done Yet: Siena Accepts Bid To CBI

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A wise man once said it’s not over till it’s over. For Siena, the 2013-2014 season, the first under Head Coach Jimmy Patsos, is not over yet as the Saints have accepted a bid to participate in the 7th annual College Basketball Invitational (CBI) postseason tournament. Siena will serve as host to Stony Brook of the America East Tuesday night in the opening round. Tip off at the Times Union Center is scheduled for 7 pm.

Late Sunday night, Siena players and coaches gathered in the locker room at the ARC and watched “Requiem for the Big East,” a  documentary in ESPN‘s 30 for 30 series while waiting for word from the CBI. When word came the season would continue, the room burst with excitement.

“It’s a great honor to be playing in a tournament,” said Siena coach Jimmy Patsos. “Playing in the CBI obviously it’s a different thing but it’s a first step. VCU’s won it. Oregon’s won it. Pittsburgh’s won it. Santa Clara’s won it and Tulsa. They’re all teams that have really good programs. We’re a really good program.”

Stony Brook is coming off a loss to UAlbany in the America East Conference final. The Seawolves are 23-10 on the season and feature America East Player of the Year Jameel Warney (14.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg). With a win the Saints would face the winner of Penn State and Hampton at a site not yet determined.

“It’s a great feeling that we even got invited,” said freshman point guard Marquis Wright. “I went to the gym three times, still getting work in while we were off. It’s just a good feeling to be playing.”

Tickets range from $13-$25 for adults ($8 for children and non-Siena students) and can be purchased through TicketMaster starting at 11 p.m. Sunday night or in person at the Times Union Center Box Office beginning at 10 a.m. Monday. The box office will be open until 6 p.m. on Monday and reopen Tuesday at 10 a.m. Siena student tickets include free shuttle bus service to and from the game and are priced at $6 (must be purchased at Times Union Center box office).
“I’m just glad the players get rewarded and the fans get rewarded,” said Patsos. “They did it this year. To have a home game that says you have great fans and a good program.”
Siena will debut a new seating configuration Tuesday night with the entire lower level opened up and the first nine rows in sections 205-209 and 227-231 available for purchase. Season ticket holders will have the opportunity to purchase their seats up until 4 p.m. Monday by using TicketMaster’s Account Manager tool. Season ticket holders without e-mail access can purchase their seats in person at the Siena Fan Relations Center at Times Union Center or by calling 487-2202 before 4 p.m. on Monday.
“It’s pretty cool we get to play in front of the home crowd,” said Rob Poole. “They deserve it. They’ve been supporting s all year. I’m just hoping to put on a good show for them.”

The CBI is a 16-team field with opening round on Tuesday, March 18th and Wednesday, March 19th. The quarterfinal round will be held on Monday March 24th. Brackets are then re-seeded for the semifinal round which will be played on Wednesday, March 26th. The Championship is a best-of-3 game series which will begin Monday, March 31st and will continue on Wednesday April 2nd. Should a third game be necessary, it will be on Friday, April 4th. All games are hosted at on-campus or home arenas throughout the country.

CBS Sports network will air two Quarterfinal games and the best-of-three Championship series.

Past champions of the CBI include Tulsa, Oregon State, VCU Oregon, Pittsburgh and Santa Clara. Teams from nearly every Major and Mid-major conference have been a part of the CBI and 18 teams have gone on to the NCAA Tournament in the year following with another 10 going on to the NIT.

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For more information visit the CBI Tournament website.

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