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The Women’s Basketball Invitational

The WBI is here!

I had no idea… I inadvertently slipped up and left out information on the Inaugural Women’s Basketball Invitational.  My apologies… as I was told, “Post Season is Post Season.”

So True.  I can’t agree more.  Especially for young teams, any teams.  No better way to set yourself up for a future run in the Big Dance than to make sure you are still playing in late March.  No matter what the tournament.  I never agreed with the critics that said, “I wouldn’t play in the NIT, WNIT, CBI or now the WBI.”

Why not?  Kids want to play games!  It’s post season.  There’s practice, preparation, competition.  Another group of student-athletes get to cut the nets down, still another learn lessons from losing in the championship.  All things that we are trying to teach and simulate in practice, but can’t.  No matter the tournament, this is valuable stuff.

If your school does not want to participate because it is going to provide extra expense to the athletic department budget, that’s understandable in these economic times.  It also should make you look at the overall commitment to women’s basketball, your team, your program.  It’s part of March Madness… Let them play!

The 16-team field is headlined by #1 seeds Memphis in the West and Appalachian State in the East. All eight first round games will be played on campus sites either March 17 or 18 with the winners advancing to the second round on March 20 or 21. The WBI semifinals are March 24 or 25 on campus sites with the championship game slated for March 28 or 29 at the site of the highest remaining seed.

Here you go… WBI Central!  Enjoy and good luck to all!

WBI BRACKET

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In the West bracket:

#1 Memphis

#2 A&M-Corpus Christi

#3 Washington

#4 Wichita State

#5 Akron

#6 Portland Pilots

#7 Cal-State Bakersfield

#8 UMKC

In the East bracket:

#1 Appalachian State

#2 College of Charleston

#3 Louisville

#4 Towson

#5 Fairfield

#6 Bradley

#7 Morehead State

#8 Charleston Southern

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