OK. I thought this whole College Basketball Invitational was a horrible idea. I mean, some bubble teams end up stewing in the NIT, so it's not abysmal quality ball there. I can even see the value of the NIT in that it gives some teams that just need a little seasoning a chance to compete in the simulacrum of tourney pressure, so that they can take some criticial extra experience with them in the following season. But the CBI's teams are just BAD (and this includes my alma mater) - they aren't quality teams, they need more than a few extra games to get right...no one should suffer the sight of these teams playing in April. (OK, fine: Sean Singletary gets to perform in front of the home crowd one/two last time(s), but frrrchrssakes!, they ALREADY RETIRED HIS JERSEY!
So, does CBI=bad? No! CBI=WORST. Wanna know why? Because their "championship" game (which will pit Tulsa against Bradley, btw), is not actually a game. It is a BEST TWO OUT OF THREE SERIES. Can you even. Fucking. Imagine? Tulsa playing Bradley two out of three is what plays at the ESPN Zone in Hell.
Here's my favorite. The schedule reads:
3/31 at Tulsa
4/2 at Bradley
4/4 at Tulsa (if necessary)
That has to be the most ironic deployment of the words "if necessary" in the history of the goddamned world.