The 2013 CBI bracket is out and, at the cost of $30,000 the Boilers will allow Dru Anthrop and D.J. Byrd to play at least one more home game at Mackey Arena. Purdue will play the Western Illinois Leathernecks at home Wednesday night:
Western Illinois will play at Purdue in the CBI at 7 p.m. Wednesday.— John Bohnenkamp (@johnbohnenkamp) March 18, 2013
Western Illinois was in the running for the Summit League auto-bid to the NCAA Tournament for a good portion of the season. They finished 22-8 and 13-3, tied for the regular season title with NCAA-entraint (and Michigan foe) South Dakota State in the Summit League.
Purdue is by far their highest profile opponent as they opened the season with a win over Wabash College. Somehow, they made it through the season without playing a major conference opponent, resulting in a 127 RPI. They defeated former Boiler John hart and IUPUI 57-53 in overtime. hart had 14 points in what ended up being his final collegiate game, as he was lost to academics.
Western Illinois has never made the NCAA Tournament. The Boilers are 4-0 all-time against Western Illinois, last beating them 83-49 during the 1999-2000 season.
They are led by 6'8" forward Terell Parks who averages 12.7 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. Ceola Clark III is a solid 6'3" guard that averages 12.5 points per game.
Here are your full stats:
|Ceola Clark III||30||35.6||3.7||8.8||42.6||2.3||5.5||41.5||2.7||3.3||82.0||0.5||2.7||3.3||4.1||1.9||1.9||0.1||1.5||12.5|
|Don McAvoy III||30||24.5||2.4||6.0||40.0||0.5||1.3||35.0||1.1||2.0||55.9||0.5||2.4||2.9||1.4||1.6||0.6||0.4||1.7||6.4|
Tickets are available for $25 in the club areas (reserved), $15 in the non-club lower arena (reserved) and $10 in the upper arena (general admission). Youth tickets are available for $5 apiece in the non-club lower arena and upper arena.
UPDATE: Here are your full first and second round pairings:
George Mason vs. College of Charleston winner will face Texas vs. Houston winner
Purdue vs. Western Illinois winner will face Vermont vs. Santa Clara winner
Tulsa vs. Wright State winner will face Richmond vs. Bryant winner
Lehigh vs Wyoming winner will face North Dakota State vs. Western Michigan winner
The four teams that reach the semi-finals will be re-seeded, and the final is a best-of three series alternating home courts. All second round games are March 25, and semifinals are March 27. The Best-of-three finals are April 1,3, and 5.