Miami begins CBI play at Campbell

For the 26th time overall and first time since 2011, the Miami University men’s basketball team is competing in a postseason basketball tournament. (Miami Univ Athletics)

BUIES CREEK, N.C. (WKRC) - For the 26th time overall and first time since 2011, the Miami University men’s basketball team is competing in a postseason basketball tournament. The RedHawks have earned a spot in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) and will travel to Campbell to face the Camels on Wednesday. Tip time is scheduled for 7 p.m. and it will stream live and for free on the Big South Network.

CBI PAIRINGS: Click here for bracket.

MIAMI IN CBI: This is the third time the RedHawks have competed in the CBI during its 11 year history. Miami was selected the very first year of the event in 2008 when it fell to Tulsa, 61-45, in the first round. The Red and White also participated in the tournament in 2011 where they fell to Rhode Island, 76-59, in a first round game.

MIAMI IN POSTSEASON: This is Miami’s 26th all-time postseason appearance. That includes 17 times in the NCAA Tournament, six times in the NIT and three times in the CBI. The RedHawks will be going for their ninth overall win in postseason play and first since they advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 1999.

RINGO NATIONAL RANKINGS WATCH: Junior guard Darrian Ringo currently ranks seventh in the nation with 229 total assists while his 6.9 assists per game average ranks eighth. Ringo is fifth in the country with 89 total steals. His 2.70 steals per game average ranks seventh.

ABOUT CAMPBELL: The Camels are 16-15 on the season and finished fourth in the Big South with a 10-8 record. It was their best league finish in the past six seasons and most league wins since 2012. They were defeated by fifth seed Liberty, 73-59, in the quarterfinals of the Big South Tournament in their last action on March 1. Campbell has a dynamic guard duo led by junior Chris Clemons. He is the fourth leading scorer in the entire nation, averaging 24.5 points per game. Sophomore Marcus Burk gives the Camels a nice second option, averaging 14.8 points per contest. Campbell is a strong shooting team, hitting 47.6 percent of its shots and averaging 9.1 three-point makes per game.

THE SERIES WITH CAMPBELL: This is the first meeting between Miami and Campbell.

MIAMI VS. BIG SOUTH: The Big South features 10 schools located in the states of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The RedHawks have very little history with the schools of this conference, but hold a perfect 4-0 record. That includes a 3-0 mark against Liberty and 1-0 against Longwood. In addition to Campbell, Miami has never played Charleston Southern, Gardner-Webb, High Point, Presbyterian, Radford, UNC Asheville or Winthrop.

UP AHEAD: The RedHawks will have to win to keep their season alive. With a victory, Miami advances to the second round of the CBI where it will take on the winner of the game between the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley and New Orleans on Monday. The site of that contest is still to be determined.

Information courtesy Miami Univ Athletics

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