Apparently the organizer of the CBI Tournament think it is still 1974 because tonight's Purdue game is the first Purdue home non-exhibition game that won't be televised anywhere since God only knows when. In a brilliant marketing move the tournament organizers are only televising two of tonight's quarterfinals: the 7pm Houston-George Mason game and the 9pm Western Michigan-Wyoming game. Purdue-Santa Clara and Richmond-Wright State, who are both in AREAS THAT JUST GOT HIT BY A MASSIVE WINTER STORM are not televised, presumably to drum up ticket sales.
You can watch for about $10 through the Big Ten Digital network linked below. I have free Pacers tickets tonight, so I can't make it to West Lafayette, but I'll be tracking and tweeting via phone.Fortunately, we can at least see what it would look like:
If Purdue wins they will play again sometime Wednesday night somewhere. The semifinals are re-seeded and Purdue would have to buy a third game at home if they make it that far.
If I were to guess I would say, to ease travel, George Mason and Richmond would almost certainly play each other if they both win, while Purdue would most likely play Western Michigan or Wright State if either of them wins. If Wyoming and Houston win I thing they would face each other with Purdue getting the Richmond-Wright State winner.
Of course, nothing else about this silly tournament makes sense, so why would that? All I know is a win tonight means a semifinal game on Wednesday, hopefully at home. A trip to the Finals assures Purdue of at least one additional home game in the best-of-three format, maybe two.
Location: Santa Clara, California
2011-12 Record: 8-22, 0-16 West Coast Conference
2012-13 Record: 22-11, 9-7 West Coast Conference
2012 Postseason: None
Blog Representation: Santa Clara Broncos Blog
Series With Purdue: Purdue Leads 4-0
Last Purdue win: 98-52 on 12/18/2000 at Purdue
TV: None (Streaming live on Big Ten Digital Network)
Odds: Purdue by 6.5