SEATTLE – (Mar. 13) For the third time in four years, Seattle University men’s basketball is in the postseason, competing in the Collegiate Basketball Invitational (CBI). The Redhawks host Central Arkansas from the Southland Conference on Wednesday, Mar. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Connolly Complex. Seattle U enters the game with a 20-13 overall record while the Bears are 17-16 on the year. The winner will advance to the CBI quarterfinals to face either Jacksonville State or Canisius on Monday, Mar. 19. Wednesday’s first round game will stream live on the WAC Digital Network, and can be heard live on KTTH 770 AM.

Parking for events at the Connolly Complex is available in the Seattle University, First Hill and Capitol Hill neighborhoods. Please obey all signs and posted policies in these areas. Visitor parking information is also available on the Seattle University Public Safety website. Please note that there is another large event taking place on the Seattle University campus Wednesday night, so arrive early to ensure the best parking options.



  • Seattle U (20-13, 8-6 WAC) vs. Central Arkansas (17-16, 10-6 SLC)
  • All-time series - First Meeting

Seattle U currently holds a 18-22 record in all Division I postseason competitions. Seattle U’s first postseason tournament was the 1951 National Catholic Invitation Tournament, held in Albany, N.Y. Seattle U defeated Iona (69-67) and Mount St. Mary’s (102-85) before losing to St. Francis (N.Y.) in the title game, 93-79. Seattle U has made two appearances in the National Invitational Tournament, losing to Holy Cross in 1952 and to St. Bonaventure in 1957. From 1953 through 1969, Seattle University advanced to the NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament 11 times, a remarkable feat for an independent school to continually receive at-large berths into fields of 16 to 25 teams. The pinnacle of Seattle University’s NCAA Tournament history came in 1958, with a dramatic run to the national title game before losing to the University of Kentucky. In 2014-15, after the team’s run to the final of the WAC Tournament, Seattle U accepted a spot in the College Basketball Invitational, defeating Pepperdine (62-45) and Colorado (72-65) in front of sellout crowds at the Connolly Center. The Redhawks reached the semifinals before losing to Loyola Chicago, 63-48. In 2015-16, the Redhawks returned to play in the CBI, earning a home win over Idaho (68-63) before losing to Vermont (73-54) in the quarterfinals.


  • Seattle U clinched its first Division I 20-win season since 1963-64 with a 77-60 victory over UTRGV on Mar. 8 in the WAC Tournament quarterfinals. The last Division I 20-win season for the program was 1963-64 when the then Chieftains went 22-6.
  • Five players scored in double figures in the win versus the Vaqueros, marking the eighth game this season the Redhawks have achieved the feat. They are 7-1 on the year when five players have reached double-digit points.
  • The WAC Tourney win was the first since 2015-16 when the Redhawks beat UTRGV in the quarterfinals before falling to CSU Bakersfield in the semifinals. This marked Seattle U’s fourth tournament win in six seasons.
  • Seattle U concluded the regular-season on Saturday, Mar. 3, falling 73-47 at Utah Valley. The Redhawks dropped their final three games of the regular-season, the first time this season they had lost three straight.
  • Aaron Menzies’ 75 blocks this season is an all-time Seattle U record, surpassing the previous record of 57, set by David White in 2006-07.
  • As a team, the Redhawks have 119 blocks, the most for a single season in the program’s modern-day Division I history.
  • Other modern-day DI team records set so far this season include 3-pters made (300) and FT% (74.3).
  • The Redhawks closed out the home portion of their regular-season schedule on Feb. 17 with a huge 73-63 overtime win against WAC-leading New Mexico State. The win moved the Redhawks to 16-2 at home and a perfect 2-0 in overtime games this season.
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