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New postseason basketball tournament announced announced the creation of the Postseason Tournament, which will begin inaugural play in March 2009.

The tournament will feature 16 teams not participating in the NCAA or National Invitational Tournament which means the new tournament will compete for teams with the College Basketball Invitational. The CBI, the first newly created post-season tournament since the Collegiate Commissioners Association Tournament in 1974, is in its second year and also fields a 16-team tournament. Here's the link to the website for the new tournament.

Critics will say this further waters down the meaning of postseason but there are some good teams, especially on the mid-major level, that don't play in the postseason. Niagara finished 19-10 last year and featured one of the top scorers in the country in Charron Fisher but slipped early in the MAAC Tournament and didn't play in the postseason. In 2003-04, UB won 12 of its last 15 games but couldn't get into the NIT.

There's nothing wrong with more basketball in March.

---Rodney McKissic


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