Texas will play at Houston in Wednesday’s opening-round matchup in the 2013 College Basketball Invitational (CBI), allowing the Longhorns to reach a postseason tournament for the 15th consecutive season under coach Rick Barnes.
Texas (16-17) and Houston (19-12) will meet Wednesday night in Hofheinz Pavilion (8 p.m., AXS TV). The CBI features a 16-team field, with every game played on college campuses. Wednesday’s winner between the former Southwest Conference rivals will advance to a quarterfinal contest on Monday, March 25. The tournament semifinals are set for Wednesday, March 27.
In a unique twist, the CBI title is decided in a best-of-three championship series that will be played April 1-5. This is the Longhorns’ first appearance in the CBI after reaching the NCAA Tournament in each of Barnes’ first 14 seasons at the school.
AXS TV, a network started by Dallas Mavericks' owner Mark Cuban, will broadcast most of the CBI tournament games, including each game of the championship series.
_ Jimmy Burch