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Texas A&M, Oregon State, Penn State headline 2014 CBI field

Patrick Chambers

Penn State head coach Patrick Chambers reacts during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Big Ten tournament against Michigan Thursday, March 14, 2013, in Chicago. Michigan won 83-66. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)



The seventh annual College Basketball Invitational postseason tournament also kicks off this week as Oregon State, Penn State, Texas A&M and UTEP are a few of the teams to headline the 16-team field.

The most intriguing first-round matchup has to be Fresno State -- winners of nine out of its last 12 -- traveling to El Paso to face UTEP.

First-round action begins with one game on Tuesday and seven games on Wednesday as play continues into early April. One of the unique things about the CBI is the best-of-three championship series at the end of the tournament. Last season Santa Clara defeated George Mason in three games and in five of the previous six years of the CBI, the championship series has made it to the third and deciding game.

First Round

Tuesday, March 18

Stony Brook (23-10) at Siena (15-17)

Wednesday, March 19

Hampton (18-12) at Penn State (15-17)
Wyoming (18-14) at Texas A&M (17-15)
Morehead State (20-13) at Illinois State (16-15)
South Dakota State (19-12) at Old Dominion (16-17)
Princeton (20-8) at Tulane (17-16)
Radford (21-12) at Oregon State (16-15)
Fresno State (17-15) at UTEP (23-10)

Quarterfinals: Monday, March 24

Semifinals: Wednesday, March 26

Best-of-Three Championship Series

Monday, March 31, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, April 2, 9 p.m.
Friday, April 4* (if necessary)

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