Happening Hoops CBI/The Basketball Classic Bracketology #10

By: Ethan Hennessy

Selection Sunday is only hours away! I have 18 confirmed teams and counting that are committed to one of the two tournaments in 2022. If you are new here welcome. I predict the fields of the College Basketball Invitational and Basketball Classic Postseason Tournaments which are postseason college basketball tournaments for teams that do not get invited to the NCAA Tournament or National Invitation Tournament (NIT). This is my fifth season doing this. I have a career 87% accuracy rate (111/128) of correctly predicting the fields of these tournaments.

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 captured the one seed in their conference tournament are not included in the CBI/Basketball Classic Bracketology because they receive their league’s automatic NIT bid in the event they do not win their conference tournament.

College Basketball Invitational (16 Teams Daytona Beach Florida March 19-23)

  • Bellarmine (20-13 ASUN)
  • UNC Asheville (16-14 Big South)
  • UNC Wilmington (23-9 CAA)
  • Middle Tennessee State (23-10 CUSA)
  • Rice (16-16 CUSA)
  • Florida Atlantic (19-14 CUSA)
  • Fort Wayne (21-11 Horizon)
  • Monmouth (19-12 MAAC)
  • Kansas City (19-12 Summit)
  • Troy (20-11 Sun Belt)
  • Boston (21-12 Patriot)
  • VMI (16-15 SoCon)
  • UNC Greensboro (17-14 SoCon)
  • California Baptist (18-14 WAC)
  • Abilene Christian (22-9 WAC)
  • Stephen F Austin (22-9 WAC)

The Basketball Classic (32 Teams Campus Sites)


  • UMBC (18-13 America East)
  • Cornell (15-11 Ivy)
  • Yale (17-11 Ivy)
  • Howard (16-13 MEAC)
  • Wagner (21-6 NEC)


  • Youngstown State (18-14 Horizon)
  • Kent State (23-10 MAC)
  • Southern Illinois (16-15 MVC)
  • Western Illinois (16-15 Summit)
  • Detroit Mercy (14-15 Horizon)


  • Florida Gulf Coast (21-11 ASUN)
  • Oklahoma State (15-15 Big 12)
  • Winthrop (23-9 Big South)
  • USC Upstate (14-16 Big South)
  • Vanderbilt (17-16 SEC)
  • Furman (22-12 SoCon)
  • New Orleans (18-12 Southland)
  • Southeastern Louisiana (19-14 Southland)
  • Wofford (19-13 SoCon)
  • App State (19-14 Sun Belt)
  • Coastal Carolina (16-13 Sun Belt)
  • South Alabama (19-11 Sun Belt)


  • Southern Utah (20-11 Big Sky)
  • Weber State (21-11 Big Sky)
  • Montana (18-13 Big Sky)
  • Eastern Washington (18-15 Big Sky)
  • UC Riverside (16-12 Big West)
  • UTEP (19-13 CUSA)
  • Stanford (16-16 Pac 12)
  • Seattle (23-8 WAC)
  • Utah Valley (20-12 WAC)
  • Portland (18-14 WCC)

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 All tips are considered off the record.


  1. GJGood says:

    What about the MAC? Toledo will be in the NIT. Of Akron, Kent State, and Ohio one will be in the NCAA but clearly the other two deserve to keep playing somewhere.


  2. Andy says:

    I think ORU has chosen to not play this postseason….maybe you’ve talked to someone who says otherwise?

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Robby says:

    Just curious as to why a 22 win Furman was taken out of the latest projections for the Basketball Classic? It sounded like at least from the AD and the basketball announcer they were more than likely playing in the post season. They made us fans seem optimistic about any how.

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  4. Laura Liv Silverstrom says:

    What about Washington Huskies and Washington State Cougars out of Pac-12?


  5. Robert Rogowski says:

    You have Oaklahoma St. in the Basketball Classic. They are ineligible for 2022 postseason play related to NCAA violations stemming from the 2017 FBI probe into corruption within college basketball.


  6. Ed Elliott says:

    Are you still sticking with Oklahoma State still getting into this tournament? I watch their websites but have not see any info about it


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