The College Basketball Invitational, a post-season men’s basketball event, sticks to the single-site format introduced in 2021.
The event, held on campuses from 2008 to 2019, will be held March 19-23 at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. The effects of the coronavirus pandemic forced all of college basketball’s postseason national events to single-location environments last season, with Pepperdine winning the eight-team, single-elimination CBI held at the Ocean Center.
The CBI will revert to a 16-team pool in 2022, continuing with a single-elimination format after the championship was held best-of-three prior to 2020, when the event was canceled due to the pandemic.
“The response we received before, during and after last year’s CBI was overwhelming, especially considering the circumstances the country was facing at the time,” said the Gazelle Group Chairman, Rick Giles, in a statement. “Because of this, we felt a return to Daytona Beach was warranted.”
The NCAA is moving forward with plans to hold its Division I men’s basketball tournament in its traditional multi-regional format in 2022, after the entire tournament was played at multiple Indiana venues last season. .
The NIT, which grew from 32 teams to 16 last year, was held at two Dallas-area venues in 2021. No announcements were made regarding the 2022 NIT, which is run by the NCAA.
Another postseason event, the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, has been canceled in 2020 and 2021.