Old Dominion and Hampton will continue their basketball seasons in the College Basketball Insider tournament, as the 16-team field was revealed Sunday night.
The Monarchs (16-17) finished sixth in their first season in Conference USA and lost to Middle Tennessee State in the CUSA tournament second round in El Paso, Texas last week. ODU also played in the CBI in 2008, beating Rider and losing to Virginia in the quarterfinals.
ODU-South Dakota State tickets are $10, general admission. Students will be admitted free. The winner will play the winner of Radford-Oregon State in the quarterfinals March 24.
South Dakota State (19-12) tied for second in the Summit League and lost in the tournament semifinals. The Jackrabbits are led by all-conference forward Jordan Dykstra, who averages 16 points and seven rebounds per game, and has amassed 1,500 career points and 800 career rebounds.
Penn State is led by junior guard D.J. Newbill (17.8 ppg) and guard Tim Frazier (15.4 ppg, 176 assists), a graduate student.
The Hampton-Penn State winner faces the winner of Siena-Stony Brook in the quarterfinals March 24.
Both Hampton and ODU have underclass-heavy rosters that would benefit from more competition. HU has a slew of sophomores and only two seniors in all-conference forward Du'Vaughn Maxwell and guard Ramon Mercado.
Old Dominion's only senior is reserve Anton Larsen. The Monarchs are led by sophomore guard Aaron Bacote (16.1 ppg) and junior forward Richard Ross (9.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg).
The CBI requires a financial guarantee to host games, approximately $35,000 for a first-round game, $50,000 for a quarterfinal and $75,000 for a semifinal. The New Jersey-based Gazelle Group, which administers the CBI and conducts other events, defrays the expenses of road teams.