SEATTLE – (Mar. 11) Postseason basketball is coming to Seattle University as men's basketball has accepted invitation to participate in the 2018 College Basketball Invitational. The Redhawks will host Central Arkansas in a first round game Wednesday, Mar. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Connolly Complex.
"I'm thrilled for our team to be able to participate in a national postseason tournament," said Head Coach Jim Hayford. "They have worked very hard this season and set a great foundation for the future of Seattle U basketball."
Tickets for Wednesday's game will go on sale Monday, Mar. 12, starting at noon by contacting the Seattle U Athletics Ticket Office at 206-398-GOSU (4678) or visiting goseattleu.com/sutickets.
Seattle U carries a 20-13 overall record into the CBI after going 1-1 at the 2018 Western Athletic Conference Tournament last week. The Redhawks earned the fourth seed in the conference tournament and beat fifth-seed UTRGV, 77-60, in the quarterfinals to mark the program's first Division I 20-win season since 1963-64. They went on play toe-to-toe with top-seed, and eventual champion, New Mexico State in the semifinals, but would fall 84-79.
Central Arkansas sits at 17-16 on the year - a Division I program record for wins - after bowing out of the Southland Conference Tournament in the quarterfinals Thursday night. The Bears earned their first-ever tournament win on Wednesday in a 67-57 final against Lamar.
"I saw Central Arkansas in their games against UCLA and Cal earlier in the season and they are a quality team," Hayford said. "They have one of the premier guards in college basketball and this should be an outstanding contest at the Connolly Complex on Wednesday night."
This marks the third time in the last four seasons that the Redhawks have competed in the CBI. In 2014-15, they earned home wins over Pepperdine and Colorado before falling in the semifinals to Loyola Chicago. The Redhawks hosted again in 2015-16, beating Idaho in the first round before falling to Vermont in the second round.
This is the 17th time in Seattle University’s Division I history that the men’s basketball team has competed in a national postseason tournament, including 11 NCAA Tournaments, two NITs, the 1951 National Catholic Tournament, and this being the third CBI.
The CBI is a single-elimination tournament up until the best-of-three Finals, with all games played at campus sites. After the First Round games, the Quarterfinal Round will take place on Monday, March 19, followed by the Semifinal Round on Wednesday, March 21. Prior to the semifinals, the remaining teams will be re-bracketed. The Finals series is a best-of-three in which one team will host two of the three games. Those games will be played on March 26, March 28, and March 30.