Indiana athletic director: 'We're Indiana. We don't play in the CBI'

Monday March 17th, 2014

Tom Crean (Michael Hickey/Getty Images) It was a long season for Indiana head coach Tom Crean. (Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Indiana went 17-15 this season, losing its last three games of the season. The Hoosiers failed to receive an NCAA tournament bid and also were excluded from the 32-team NIT field.

On Sunday night, Indiana decided it would not accept a bid to the College Basketball Invitational, a 16-team secondary tournament in which teams pay for their participation.

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"Finances wouldn't be an issue if we thought it made sense," Indiana athletic director Fred Glass told The Indianapolis Star. "But we're Indiana. We don't play in the CBI."

This is the fourth time in coach Tom Crean's six seasons with Indiana that the team's season ended after the Big Ten tournament. The Hoosiers made the Sweet Sixteen the other two years, including 2013 as a No. 1 seed.

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