UVU men's basketball vs. Grand Canyon 4

UVU junior forward Jake Toolson drives to the basket during the game against Grand Canyon at the UCCU Center in Orem on March 7, 2019.

For the third straight season, the Utah Valley men’s basketball team will play in the postseason.

The Wolverines (24-9) have been selected for the College Basketball Invitational Tournament, or CBI, and will host Cal State Northridge on Tuesday at the UCCU Center.

The Matadors finished 13-20 overall and 7-9 in the Big West Conference. Northridge lost to UC Santa Barbara 71-68 in the first round of the Big West Tournament last week.

This is UVU’s fifth postseason appearance and the third straight year it has played in the CBI. In 2016-17, the Wolverines defeated Georgia Southern (74-49) at home and Rice (85-79) before falling at Wyoming (74-68). Last season, UVU topped Eastern Washington (87-65) at home and lost at San Francisco (78-73).

The Wolverines advanced to the Western Athletic Conference semifinals last week at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, dropping a 78-74 decision to Grand Canyon. The Antelopes also made the CBI field and will travel to West Virginia in the opening round.

Utah Valley is 13-1 at home this year and 29-2 at the UCCU Center in the past two seasons.

The CBI is a single-elimination tournament up until the best-of-three finals, with all games played at campus sites. After the First Round games, the Quarterfinal Round will take place on March 25, followed by the Semifinal Round on March 27 or March 28. Prior to the semifinals, the remaining teams will be re-bracketed. The finals series is a best-of-three in which one team will host two of the three games. Those games will be played on April 1, April 3 and April 5.

Darnell Dickson, who has been covering sports in Utah since 1989 (with a detour to Nebraska for three years somewhere in there), is currently the BYU football columnist and BYU men’s basketball beat writer.

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