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The Inaugural Postseason Tournament


Jan. 26, 2009

BOSTON, MA -- is pleased to announce the creation of the Postseason Tournament, which will begin inaugural play in March 2009. The tournament will feature 16 teams not participating in the NCAA or National Invitational Tournament. The field will be determined after the official announcements of the two existing tournaments. Criteria for selection will include, but are not limited to, win-loss record, strength of schedule, strength of conference, and final ten games.

During the 2007-08 season 67 teams, that finished .500 or better, did not participate in postseason play. Eleven of those 67 teams won 20 or more games, with an additional 20 teams amassing at least 18 wins. The Postseason Tournament will provide a second season for 16 deserving college basketball programs.

The Postseason Tournament is a single-elimination tournament, consisting of four rounds, with the first three rounds being played at on-campus sites, which will be determined by seeding. The inaugural championship game will be played at an on-campus site to be determined by seeding.

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Eligible Teams:
Participating teams must finish the regular season with a winning record against division I opponents. Teams whose conferences have less than fifty-percent (50%) of their teams participating in the NCAA and NIT tournaments will be given higher priority for selection into the Postseason Tournament.

Selection Committee:
A selection committee determines the field of participants. The panel consists of current and former coaches, athletic directors and senior personnel.

· David Adelman (
· Brian Doyle (
· Matt Drake (
· Lefty Driesell (Former head coach, University of Maryland)
· Hugh Durham (Former head coach, University of Georgia)
· Joe Dwyer (
· Pat Flannery (Former head coach, Bucknell University)
· Lou Henson (Former head coach, University of Illinois)
· Jim Kerwin (Former head coach, Western Illinois University)
· Kyle Macy (
Former head coach, Morehead State University)
· Jim Phelan (Former head coach, Mount St. Mary’s)
· Nolan Richardson (Former head coach, University of Arkansas)
· Riley Wallace (Former head coach, University of Hawaii)
· Perry Watson (Former head coach, University of Detroit)
· Rich Zvosec (Former head coach, UMKC)

Tournament Committee:
The following will serve in a business capacity, organizing and carrying out all things related to the tournament, but will not participate in the team selection process for the tournament.

· Gene Keady (Former head coach, Purdue University)
· Jason Belzer (President, Game, Inc.): Event Management.
· Chris Fuller (Former head coach, Morgan State University): Tournament operations.
· Don Harnum (Director of Athletics, Rider University): Serving as a consultant for business-related matters.
· Angela Lento (Co-Founder Director of Tournament operations.
· Gary Stewart (Head men’s coach, UC Davis and member of the NABC board of directors): Serving as a consultant for basketball related-matters.
· Dee Stokes (Head women’s coach, Winston Salem State and member of the NABC): Serving as a consultant for basketball and business-related matters.


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