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A tournament on the 2010-11 schedule?

Two different Bucknell-related sources, including the web site of a current Bucknell player, have posted tentative information about the Bison's participation in the 2010 O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic.

If this information is correct, Bucknell would be part of a CBE Classic subregional pool that includes James Madison, Presbyterian and Princeton.

More on the five four separate non-conference games this would create for the Tigers after the jump.

The CBE Classic has an awkward format, but it does fill up a huge portion of a team's pre-league schedule. Duke, Kansas State, Gonzaga and Marquette will each host three two other schools between November 14 and November 17, which means the Tigers would play one of these programs and another team in that pod at the host school's gym.

Regardless of what happens in these games, Duke, Kansas State, Gonzaga and Marquette all advance to the tournament's Championship Rounds in Kansas City on November 22 and November 23. Not really in the spirit of true competition, but...

These other teams slide down to three two different four team round robin subregionals, in this case Bucknell, Princeton, the host school of James Madison and Presbyterian.

On November 22, 23 and 24 in Harrisonburg, VA these four teams will each play one another once.

What this means:

1. Princeton at Duke/Kansas State/Gonzaga/Marquette
2. Princeton vs. Bucknell/James Madison/Presbyterian at James Madison
3. Princeton vs. Bucknell/James Madison/Presbyterian at James Madison
4. Princeton vs. Bucknell/James Madison/Presbyterian at James Madison

This would fill many days between November 14 and November 24 with basketball and explain the lack of a home game in the non-conference schedule that Princeton University briefly posted on-line a few weeks ago.

Friday, November 12 vs. Rutgers - 7:00 pm ET
Saturday, December 4 vs. St. Joe's - TBA pm ET
Wednesday, January 5 vs. Marist - 7:00 pm ET

Jon Solomon said,

May 27, 2010 @ 3:05 pm

I forgot to add that with Bucknell already going to Marquette, it is unlikely that this would also be Princeton's destination.

That leaves Duke/Kansas State/Gonzaga as the three possible destinations.

Jon Solomon said,

May 27, 2010 @ 4:02 pm

Two more things:

1. A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel post from May 13 that a reader directed me to says it is Princeton, not Bucknell who will play at Marquette in the CBE:

"The Golden Eagles are also expecting to play defending national champion Duke and either Gonzaga or Kansas State in the CBE Classic in Kansas City, Mo., will host Wisconsin, UW-Green Bay and Princeton (as an early-round opponent in the CBE), and play at UW-Milwaukee."

While things can change and there are always lots of moving parts related to a tournament with 16 different teams and four different locations, I'd be delighted if this was the case (and I'm sure the families of Princeton's four players from Wisconsin/Chicagoland would not complain either).

2. This blurb does at least confirm Princeton's involvement in the CBE, something I am delighted to see. Glad I wasn't barking up the wrong tree earlier.

Jon Solomon said,

May 27, 2010 @ 11:18 pm

Looking at the 2009 CBE bracket, it is actually a 12 team tournament, and while the host school each plays two home games to start, their two opponents do *not* play each other. Therefore, it is possible that Princeton and Bucknell could both be playing at Marquette.

I've updated my original post accordingly.

Stuart Schulman said,

May 28, 2010 @ 11:05 am

Given a tournament format created by Rube Goldberg himself, perhaps the use of the word "bracket" is a stretch...

Rodney Johnson said,

May 28, 2010 @ 12:26 pm

Reminds me of looking for auto parts in a catalogue. Hmmmm.

Jon Solomon said,

May 29, 2010 @ 9:01 pm

I have confirmed Princeton's participation in this event.

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