The Washington Huskies apparently will open the College Basketball Invitational with a home game Wednesday against an opponent to be named later. Maybe Houston. Maybe Utah. It will likely be Monday before we find out.
(In any case, here is a link to the CBI bracket. It remains blank as I type this, but it could be filled in by the time you click it.)
A Sunday press conference with coach Lorenzo Romar was pushed from 5 o'clock to 8 o'clock and several times more while the CBI apparently scrambled to get its 16-team field together.
Finally, Romar addressed the media about 9:30. And even though he still didn't know his opponent, he didn't seem concerned about the CBI confusion.
"It's in its first year and whenever you start something out sometimes you're working to do some last-minute details, details that would have been worked through if it had gone on for a couple of years," he said. "But I'm not concerned. I'm sure once it's time to go play everything will be worked out."
As 11 p.m., the names of several participants had surfaced: Washington, Utah, Houston, Seton Hall, Nevada, Virginia, Richmond, Cincinnati and Ohio.
Houston and Utah were told that they will open on the road, so one of those might make geographic sense for UW.
"We're excited that we still have an opportunity to play," Romar said. "We are in finals this week: There is one game on Wednesday, and then after that we're out of school. So it is an opportunity for our guys to continue to play. Our two seniors (Ryan Appleby and Tim Morris) get to continue to play a couple of extra games, hopefully, and our guys get to be together more, we get to practice more. So, we're excited that they want us to be a part of it."
All CBI games will be played on the home floor of the higher-ranked team. The tournament will tip off with four games Tuesday, and the first round will conclude with four more games Wednesday, including the Huskies' date at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
All quarterfinal games will be played March 24.
The tournament will be re-seeded for the semifinals, which will be played March 26.
The best-of-three championship series will run March 31, April 2 and April 4, if needed.
At least two games per day in each round will be televised nationally by Fox College Sport.
"If you're not in the Big Dance and you would like to continue playing, a tournament like this is great," Romar said. "I think it has its positives to it. There's always a number of teams that are very very worthy of competing in postseason play but don't get that opportunity for whatever reason, and if they got the chance they'd do a good job. This allows some additional teams to come in and make their case."