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Monday, January 26, 2009

A new postseason tournament

Collegeinsider.com announced today that it will put on a season-ending basketball tournament. The field will be selected after the NCAA and NIT have selected their fields.

Among those on the selection committee is College Basketball hall-of-famer and former Mt. St. Mary's head coach Jim Phelan.

That makes four postseason tournaments. The College Basketball Invitational debuted last season with Tulsa winning the title. That tournament is sponsored by the Gazelle Group and according to the Gazelle Group's website will play its best of three championship series March 30th-April 3rd.

Colleginsider.com is a great asset to the game of college basketball and has routinely focused on the mid-major level of college hoops with a Mid-Major Top 25. So it might very well be focusing its efforts on some of the mid-majors that don't participate in the NCAA or NIT tournaments. Right now, regular season conference champions as well as conference tournament champions are guaranteed a postseason berth.

I think this could be a real fine tournament if it focuses on the mid-majors and doesn't go for five-hundred level teams from the BCS conferences.

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