The IUPUI basketball team has accepted a bid to be a part of the 2010 College Basketball Invitational and will head to Hofstra for its opening round game on Wednesday, March 17. Head Coach Ron Hunter's team heads into the postseason with a 24-10 record after finishing second in The Summit League, both during the regular season and in the tournament.
It's IUPUI's first postseason berth since earning a spot in the 2003 NCAA Tournament.
The CBI is in its third year of existence with Oregon State winning the 2009 title. Tulsa won the inaugural event in 2008.
"Our guys deserve this," Hunter said. "We absolutely deserve to be playing postseason basketball and being a part of March Madness. We were obviously disappointed that we didn't win our conference tournament, but we still wanted to be a part of postseason basketball.
"This gives us another chance to showcase our basketball program on a larger stage."
The CBI, run by the Gazelle Group, features 16 teams and is played entirely at on-campus sites. The tournament culminates in a best-of-three championship series, beginning on March 29, and will be televised on HDNet. HDNet is seen in more than 23 million homes across the country and was co-founded by Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, and Phillip Garvin.
IUPUI enters the postseason having won eight of its last 10 games and is led by the First Team All-Summit League duo of senior Robert Glenn and sophomore Alex Young. Glenn leads The Summit in scoring at 19.5 points per game, while Young is second at 18.4 a night. The 6-foot-7 Glenn is shooting 59.4 percent from the field and grabs a team-high 6.4 rebounds a game.
Young has made a team-high 69 threes and is hitting 49.4 percent from the field.
Junior swingman Leroy Nobles had a hot shooting Summit League Tourney as he upped his scoring average to 13.4 per game in the three contests. Senior Jon Avery also etched his name in the record books during The Summit League Tournament, becoming the 20th player in school history to accumulate 1,000 career points. He's just the eighth in school history to have surpassed 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in his IUPUI career.
Hofstra (19-14) is led by Charles Jenkins, who was named CAA Player of the Year, after averaging 20.6 points and 3.8 assists per game. The 6-foot-3 guard hit 41 percent of his threes while his backcourt mate, Chaz Williams, knocked down 42 percent.
Wednesday's game will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools. The winner will play the winner of the Duquesne/Princeton game, being played that same night at Princeton.