Happening Hoops CBI/The Basketball Classic Bracketology #7

By: Ethan Hennessy

We are on the precipice of March. Behind the scenes, a handful of teams have begun committing to postseason tournaments. If you are new here I predict the fields of the College Basketball Invitational and CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournaments. This is my fifth season doing this. I have a career 87% accuracy rate (111/128).

Yearly breakdown

2018: 75% (27/36)

2019: 93% (39/42)

*2020: 88% minimum *It was later determined three days from Selection Sunday (at the time of the cancelations) I had already correctly predicted 37 of the would-be 42 teams confirmed in the fields.

2021: 100% (8/8)

2022: TBD

*Teams that have captured the one seed in their conference tournament in their respective conference standings are not included in the CBI/CIT Bracketology because they receive their league’s automatic NIT bid in the event they do not win their conference tournament.

The CBI announced the entirety of their 16 team tournament will take place in Daytona Beach Florida at the Ocean Center from March 19th – 23rd. This was the site of last year’s College Basketball Invitational.

I strive to predict these brackets as accurately as possible if you are associated with a program and have information about a team’s status regarding the CBI or The Basketball Classic feel free to DM me on Twitter @HappeningHoops or email me at HappeningHoops@gmail.com I don’t publicize information I receive unless you want me to.

CBI (16 Teams Daytona Beach Florida March 19-23)

  • Bellarmine (17-13 ASUN)
  • Stony Brook (17-13 America East)
  • Eastern Washington (15-13 Big Sky)
  • Towson (23-7 CAA)
  • Delaware (19-11 CAA)
  • Florida Atlantic (16-13 CUSA)
  • Youngstown State (18-13 Horizon)
  • Monmouth (18-10 MAAC)
  • Howard (15-11 MEAC)
  • Morehead State (21-10 OVC)
  • VMI (16-14 SoCon)
  • UNCG (17-12 SoCon)
  • Kansas City (19-11 Summit)
  • Coastal Carolina (16-12 Sun Belt)
  • Abilene Christian (18-9 WAC)
  • California Baptist (15-14 WAC)

The Basketball Classic (32 Teams Campus Sites)


  • UMBC (15-13 America East)
  • Hofstra (20-10 CAA)
  • Cornell (14-10 Ivy)
  • Siena (14-11 MAAC)
  • Marist (14-13 MAAC)
  • Buffalo (19-8 MAC)
  • Wagner (19-5 NEC)
  • Boston (20-11 Patriot)


  • Fort Wayne (20-10 Horizon)
  • Kent State (19-9 MAC)
  • Bradley (17-13 MVC)
  • Western Illinois (16-14 Summit)


  • Winthrop (21-8 Big South)
  • Gardner Webb (17-12 Big South)
  • College of Charleston (16-13 CAA)
  • South Carolina State (15-13 MEAC)
  • Furman (20-11 SoCon)
  • Samford (20-10 SoCon)
  • Wofford (18-13 SoCon)
  • Texas A&M CC (19-10 Southland)
  • Southern (15-12 SWAC)
  • App State (18-13 Sun Belt)
  • Georgia State (15-10 Sun Belt)
  • Stephen F Austin (20-8 WAC)


  • Southern Utah (18-9 Big Sky)
  • Montana (17-11 Big Sky)
  • Weber State (20-10 Big Sky)
  • UC Riverside (15-10 Big West)
  • Hawaii (14-9 Big West)
  • UTEP (16-11 CUSA)
  • Portland (17-13 WCC)
  • Utah Valley (19-9 WAC)


  1. Andy says:

    Oral Roberts completely out of the post season picture?
    Assuming the don’t win the Summit league tourney, you don’t see them playing at all?


  2. Peter H says:

    If Princeton loses their finale at Penn, and Yale takes care of business at home against Brown, they’ll both be 11-3, each with a loss against Penn, Cornell and each other, making the tie impossible to break by a comparison against teams from the top to the bottom of the standings. The Ivy next uses an average of ratings identified in advance by the coaches. Example given are Sagarin, Ken Pom, BPI and NCAA NET. Princeton has the advantage in all of these: Sagarin 122-137, Ken Pom 112-142, BPI 127-154, NET 108-149. A Princeton loss at Penn coupled with a Yale home win against Brown is unlikely to flip any of those. So, it’s a near certainty that Princeton will take the #1 seed in Ivy Madness. Yale could finish 18-12 with a win over Brown, another over Penn in the Ivy semis and a loss to Princeton in the Ivy title game. Do you think that gets them to TBC? I’ve felt in the past that the CIT selectors liked Ivy teams.


  3. Tony says:

    Towson just captured the CAA’s regular season title so they’re at least NIT-bound.

    Liked by 1 person

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