MEN'S BASKETBALL: Ball State declines bid to play in CBI

Cardinals won't play in postseason because of financial reasons

Despite a semifinal loss in the men's basketball Mid-American Conference Tournament, Ball State had a chance to continue its season.

With the NCAA Tournament and NIT fields full, the Cardinals were awaiting an invitation from the and College Basketball Invitational tournaments Sunday night. Ball State athletic director Tom Collins confirmed he had multiple conversations with the Gazelle Group, organizers of the CBI Tournament.

"I last talked to them [the CBI] an hour ago and haven't heard back," Collins said at 10:30 p.m. Sunday. "With the CBI you're buying games. We're not in a position to do that."

The CBI has been a third or fourth option tournament for teams that fail to make the NCAA Tournament or NIT.

"They can't guarantee that we'll always be the road game," Collins said. "It's a lot of money they're asking for."

The CBI declined to comment on the price to host a game in the tournament, but reports have placed the cost at $60,000.

"If we go on the road and win, we might have to host and put the money up," Collins said.