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RU men’s basketball draws Oregon State in CBI postseason tournament

The Radford men’s basketball team has been selected for participation in its first postseason tournament in the Mike Jones era. The Highlanders learned late Sunday they will play in the 16-team College Basketball Invitational (CBI). RU opens at Oregon State on Wednesday night at a time yet to be determined.
“This is an outstanding achievement for our younswtsportslogo copyg basketball team in just our third year together,” Jones said. “Being one of a select group of Division I teams who get to keep playing basketball and get to compete for a postseason championship is exciting. We are humbled and grateful for this opportunity and look forward to competing with all we have.”

This will be Radford’s first appearance in the CBI, which is in its seventh year. Oregon State won the 2009 tournament and also made appearances in 2010 and 2012. Radford last appeared in the postseason in the 2009 NCAA Tournament. The Highlanders also earned a berth in the 1998 NCAA Tournament.

For the first time since the 1993-94 season, Radford won 20 regular season games and enters Wednesday’s game at 21-12. For the second straight season, RU increased its win total by at least seven games. The Highlanders won six games in Jones’ first season in 2010-11 and 13 in 2012-13. The 21 wins is the most of any team in the Big South (tied with Coastal Carolina). Radford won 10 conference games and finished Big South play with a 6-2 road record. RU is 8-7 on the road this season.

Oregon State enters the postseason at 16-15 having dropped an opening round game to Oregon, 88-74, in the Pac 12 Tournament. The Beavers are 12-4 at Gill Coliseum this season.

RADFORD POSTSEASON HISTORY (2-5 all-time)
1980 W at Virginia State, 87-76 (NAIA District 19 Playoffs)
1980 L at Norfolk State, 72-63 (NAIA District 19 Playoffs)
1981 W at Virginia State, 88-78 (NAIA District 19 Playoffs)
1981 L at Norfolk State, 95-71 (NAIA District 19 Playoffs)
1982 L vs. Hampton, 72-56 (NAIA District 19 Playoffs)
1998 L vs. Duke, 99-63 (NCAA Tournament)
2009 L vs. North Carolina, 101-58 (NCAA Tournament)

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