Rebels and the CBI: Here’s why they’re not playing

Several have asked about why Ole Miss did not pursue the CBI tournament after it was not a part of the NIT field.

Here’s what Ross Bjork had to say about that:

“Andy and I spoke toward the end of the season. The goal every year is to make the NCAA tournament either as an at-large or automatic qualifying team. After that the NIT is still a great tournament. If you’re in the NCAA or the NIT you’re a top 100 team. Our goal is the NCAA tournament every year. After that, our expectations are a lot higher than the CBI. Philosophically, Andy and I were on the same page. It’s kind of hard to dive into those tournaments and really be serious about it, because if you want to have high-level basketball, and you have to aspire to more than that.

“We know we could have played more games, could have had more practice. We just felt like, ‘Look, it’s either NCAA or NIT and after that we’re going to shut it down.’ If you look at the field of those tournaments, to me, we want to keep higher company than that as we build our basketball program. We felt like we could pass and move on.”

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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