Siena’s Season May Continue

team huddle at purdue

Despite a MAAC Tournament quarterfinal loss to Canisius on Saturday, there are indications that Siena’s season may not be over. Multiple sources are indicating that the Saints are in consideration for a bid to the College Basketball Invitational (CBI), a 16-team postseason tournament of teams which are not selected to the NCAA Tournament. At 15-17 Siena would still be eligible for the CBI which does not require a .500 record.

Now in its seventh year, the CBI is a single elimination format which culminates in a best-of-three game Championship Series. Teams are invited based on performance during their conference and non-conference schedules as well as how well they are playing at the end of the regular season.

According to a representative of the CBI, the field for the CBI will be announced as soon as possible after the NIT field is finalized on Sunday. The NCAA selection show airs at 6 p.m. and the NIT show is scheduled for 8:30. The CBI field will be posted to www.cbi2014.com.

First round games are to be held on Tuesday March 18th and Wednesday March 19th.  Quarterfinals are scheduled for Monday, March 24th and the semifinals are on Wednesday, March 26th. The finals are scheduled for March 31st, April 2 and April 4th. Indications are that Siena would host a first round game on Tuesday at the Times Union Center. Tickets for the event are handled through the host school’s box office.

Rider (2008) was the only previous MAAC school to participate in the CBI. Quinnipiac now in its first year as a MAAC member, participated in 2012. Past champions are Tulsa (2008), Oregon State (2009) , VCU (2010), Oregon (2011), Pittsburgh (2012) and Santa Clara (2013).

Last years CBI field consisted of Bryant, Charleston, George Mason, Houston, Lehigh, North Dakota State, Purdue, Richmond, Santa Clara, Texas, Tulsa, Vermont, Western Illinois, Western Michigan, Wright State and Wyoming.


  1. Barbara

    March 12, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    WOW – this would be great for the team!!

    • Tom Benoit

      March 12, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      It certainly would. Any opportunity to extend an already exciting and successful season would be great. It would be another step in climbing the mountain.

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  3. kevin

    March 13, 2014 at 5:20 am

    Being under 0.500 is not something that should be rewarded with a post season berth. Yes Siena beat pre-season expectations. Playing additional games for $$ is not the right thing to do. Notice that discussions are already being held about Siena hosting a game prior to knowing the opponent. Yes the fans in the area support their team but the season has come to an end.

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