Postseason tournament still in play for Bellarmine

Postseason tournament still in play for Bellarmine
Scotty Davenport Show (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Bellarmine is still in consideration for a postseason tournament.

The Knights are 13-7, finished second in the ASUN in the regular season and fell 73-70 to Stetson in their ASUN Tournament opener on Thursday in Jacksonville, Florida.

In their first year in NCAA Division I, the Knights are not eligible for the NCAA Tournament, but are eligible for the National Invitation Tournament and the College Basketball Invitational.

“I want a chance to reward these players,” Bellarmine head coach Scotty Davenport said. “That’s what postseason should always be about.”

The NIT has shortened it’s field from 32 to 16, so that seems unlikely, but the CBI is a possibility.

“That is in play,” Davenport said on The Scotty Davenport Show on WAVE 3 News. “There are ongoing discussions. You know a lot is shaking out this weekend. It could be an eight to 12 team format and we’re meeting, we’re talking, we’re listening, we’re lobbying to see what happens.”

The Knights are allowed, under NCAA rules, to continue practicing while the discussions are ongoing.

“We know the dates of the tournament will be March 22, 23, 24, 25,” Davenport said. “That gives you a week and a half that you can have all kinds of team events.”

Like the NCAA and NIT, the CBI will be held in one location, Daytona Beach, Florida. Unlike in past years, the championship will not consist of a best of three series, it will be a single elimination tournament.

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