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The Phoenix will visit UMKC in first round action of the 16-team postseason tournament.
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Green Bay Accepts Bid to CBI, Opens Play Wednesday Night at UMKC

Courtesy: Green Bay Athletics
Release: March 12, 2017
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PRINCETON, N.J. ( – The Green Bay men’s basketball team has accepted an invite to play in the 2017 College Basketball Invitational (CBI) presented by FIVE FOUR, as announced by the Gazelle Group on Sunday night. The Phoenix (18-13) will visit the UMKC Kangaroos (17-16) on Wednesday night (March 15) at 7:05 p.m. CT at the Swinney Recreation Center on campus in Kansas City.

To view the complete bracket click here.

Green Bay will be competing in the CBI for the third time in program history, and for the first time since the 2009-10 season when it lost in the Quarterfinals.  The Phoenix finished in the top four of the Horizon League for the fifth consecutive season this year, before falling in the Quarterfinals of Motor City Madness to No. 6 seed UIC.

In his second season as head coach, Linc Darner led Green Bay to the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament and had four of his players earn All-Horizon League honors, the most in program history. Charles Cooper (Second Team), Warren Jones (Sixth Man of the Year), Kenneth Lowe (All-Defensive Team) and Khalil Small (All-Defensive Team) each garnered Horizon League accolades for their strong seasons.

The Phoenix lost to Vermont 76-72 in its first-ever game in the CBI in 2009 before winning two games in 2009-10. Green Bay won at Akron before losing in double-overtime at Saint Louis in the Quarterfinals that season.

Green Bay will be facing the Kangaroos for the second time this season, defeating them 95-77 at the Bill Frack Tournament in Bowling Green back on Nov. 21. The Kangaroos, members of the Western Athletic Conference, finished 17-16 overall and 8-6 in the WAC. They are led by LaVell Boyd with 17.9 PPG.

This marks the seventh time in the last nine seasons that Green Bay has played in a postseason tournament. This is the 10-year anniversary for the CBI, which will be utilizing experimental rules. For more information on those rules for this tournament, click here.

The CBI presented by FIVE FOUR 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 20, followed by the Semifinal Round on Wednesday, March 22. 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 27, March 29, and March 31.

Past CBI champions include Tulsa, Oregon State, VCU, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Santa Clara, Siena, Loyola Chicago, and Nevada. Teams from nearly every conference have participated in the event. Twenty-eight teams have used the CBI to springboard to the NCAA Tournament the following year, while another 17 have gone on to the NIT.

ESPN is again the official television home of the CBI presented by FIVE FOUR. ESPNU will televise each game of the best-of-three Championship Series. Roy Philpott and Corey Williams will serve as the broadcast team.

For more information on the CBI, visit or follow on twitter @cbitourney.

The College Basketball Invitational is produced by the Gazelle Group of Princeton, N.J. The Gazelle Group is a sports marketing firm, specializing in event production and management, client representation, and sponsorship consulting. Gazelle produces numerous nationally-recognized events, such as the 2K Classic, the Legends Classic, and the Gotham Classic. For more information on the Gazelle Group, please visit

First Round

March 15
Loyola (Md.) at George Mason 

Hampton at Coastal Carolina

March 15
Eastern Washington at Wyoming

Green Bay at UMKC

March 15
Stony Brook at UIC

Toledo at George Washington

March 15
San Francisco at Rice

Utah Valley at Georgia Southern


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