Hampton Men’s Basketball To Participate In CBI


The Hampton University men’s basketball team will compete in the 2017 College Basketball Invitational (CBI) presented by FIVE FOUR, as the 16-team field was announced on Sunday. The Pirates will be at Coastal Carolina on Wednesday.

Game time has yet to be announced.

The Pirates (14-16) are coming off a MEAC Tournament quarterfinal loss to Maryland Eastern Shore this past Thursday. Third Team All-MEAC and MEAC All-Rookie selection Jermaine Marrow is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 15.5 points per game.

Hampton last competed in the CBI in 2014, falling 69-65 at Penn State in the first round. This will mark the Pirates’ fourth straight season reaching postseason play.

Coastal Carolina (16-17) fell 74-51 to Texas Arlington in the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament after going 10-8 in league play. Junior guard Jaylen Shaw, a Third Team All-Sun Belt selection, leads the team in scoring (14.1 points per game), and he ranks in the top 10 in the conference in both 3-point field goal percentage (.394) and assists (124).

Hampton and Coastal Carolina have met twice before, with each team winning on its home floor during the 1995-96 season, the Pirates’ first as a Div. I program.

The winner will face either Loyola (Md.) or George Mason in the quarterfinals on Monday, March 20.

The CBI is a single-elimination tournament, until the best-of-three championship round (March 27, 29 and 31 on ESPNU