Duquesne (16-16, 6-12) hosts Omaha (18-13, 10-6) in the first round of the 2016 College Basketball Invitational (CBI) on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Wednesday marks the Dukes’ first post-season appearance under fourth-year head coach Jim Ferry and the program’s first since 2011. Duquesne made CBI appearances in 2010 and 2011.
The matchup will be the first post-season home game for Duquesne since the 1994 National Invitation Tournament (NIT).
The 2016 CBI will open with eight first round games on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to goduquesne.com. This year marks the ninth year for the 16-team tournament.
The quarterfinal round for the single-elimination tournament will take place on Monday, March 21, followed by the semifinal round on Wednesday, March 23. The Championship Series, a best-of-three in which one team hosts two of the three games, will be played on March 28, March 30, and April 1.
According to goduquesne.com, past CBI champions include Tulsa, Oregon State, VCU, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Santa Clara, Siena and Loyola Chicago. Twenty-six teams have used the CBI to enter the NCAA Tournament the following year. Sixteen teams have gone on to the NIT.
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