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Loyola invited to CBI, headed to George Mason

After a six-game improvement from last year, the Loyola Greyhounds men’s basketball team were rewarded with a bid to the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) presented by FIVE FOUR. The Greyhounds, which are making their third postseason appearance in the last six years, will travel to Fairfax, Virginia to play the George Mason Patriots on Wednesday. Tip-off is set for 7 pm at EagleBank Arena.

The CBI is a 16-team, single elimination but with a best-of-three Finals series that is broadcast nationally on ESPNU. The first round and quarterfinals the remaining teams will be re-bracketed. The first game of the finals will be played on March 27. The winner of the Loyola vs. George Mason game will take on the winner of Coastal Carolina vs. Hampton. The quarterfinals game will be on March 29. Coastal Carolina is hosting Hampton.

The Patriots went 20-13 this season, the most wins since the 2012-13 season, with a 9-9 record in the Atlantic 10, their best-ever record in the A-10. They were picked fo finish 12th in the league’s preseason poll but finished seventh to earn a first round bye in their conference tournament.

The Atlantic 10’s Most Improved Player, Marquise Moore, leads George Mason this season. He averaged 17.1 points and 11.0 rebounds per game thisyear to go with a team-best 3.5 assists per game. George Mason has averaged 74.4 points per game this year and has done well on the boards ith 40.7 rebounds per game. They are vulnerable from outside the arch, however. They have allowed 7.5 made 3-pointer per game this year.

This is George Mason’s second appearance in the CBI. They went to the finals in 2013 before losing to Santa Clara 2-1 in the finals series. The Patriots are coached by David Paulsen, who in his second season guided George Mason to a nine-game improvement. He previously coaches at Loyola’s Patriot League rival Bucknell

This is Loyola’s first appearance in the CBI. Their last postseason appearance was in the 2013 College Tournament, one year after their trip to the NCAA Tournament as the MAAC Champions.

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