TCU will host Milwaukee in College Basketball Invitational

It's not the NCAA Tournament or even the NIT, but it's the postseason, and TCU's men's program greeted it with open arms.

TCU hosts Milwaukee at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational after accepting an invitation Sunday. It's the Horned Frogs' first postseason berth since 2005.

The 16-team tournament started in 2008. The tournament's first three rounds are single elimination. The championship is a three-game series.

Last year, Oregon defeated Creighton, 2-1, after losing Game 1 at Creighton and winning the final two games at home.

TCU (17-14) last made the postseason in 2005, advancing to the quarterfinals under former coach Neil Dougherty. Coach Jim Christian, who was hired at TCU in 2008, took Kent State to the NIT three times and the NCAA Tournament twice. TCU is 13-3 at home this season. Milwaukee (20-13) is 7-9 on the road. The teams have never played before.

The Frogs had a glimmer of hope of earning a bid to the NIT, the 32-team tournament that most closely rivals the 68-team NCAA Tournament. Four Mountain West teams -- New Mexico, San Diego State, UNLV and Colorado State -- earned NCAA bids.

Milwaukee finished in a three-way tie for third place in the Horizon League. The Panthers lost to Butler in the second round of their league tournament. Butler is also in the CBI field.

Milwaukee has three players averaging 10 or more points a game, including 6-foot-8 forward Tony Meier, a senior scoring 11 points a game.

The TCU-Milwaukee winner advances to play the winner between Oregon State and Western Illinois. The four quarterfinal games are scheduled for March 19. The semifinals are March 21 and the championship series is scheduled for March 26, 28 and 30 (if necessary).

Wyoming (20-11), another MWC team, is also in the CBI field. The Cowboys open at home against North Dakota State on Wednesday. Pittsburgh (17-16), coached by former TCU player Jamie Dixon, opens at home against Wofford on Wednesday.

For ticket information call the TCU ticket office at 817-257-7967.

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