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‘We’re Indiana. We don’t play in the CBI.’

[ 0 ] March 17, 2014 |

By Zach Osterman

The Indianapolis Star

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The 2013-14 Indiana University men’s basketball season is over.

Indiana head coach Tom Crean, left, and assistant Steve McClain react to a call during the first half of a game Feb. 27 against Iowa. The Hoosiers won 93-86. (PAT LOVELL-USA TODAY SPORTS)

Indiana head coach Tom Crean, left, and assistant Steve McClain react to a call during the first half of a game Feb. 27 against Iowa. The Hoosiers won 93-86. (PAT LOVELL-USA TODAY SPORTS)

The Hoosiers did not receive an invitation to this year’s NIT, the 32-team competition one rung below its NCAA counterpart in the college basketball postseason. Indiana was passed over, though Big Ten foes Minnesota and Illinois made the field.

IU made the decision Sunday afternoon that the program would not accept a bid to the College Basketball Invitational, a tertiary postseason tournament in which host teams pay for their participation.

Indiana Director of Athletics Fred Glass confirmed that decision to The Indianapolis Star on Sunday night.

“Finances wouldn’t be an issue if we thought it made sense,” Glass said. “But we’re Indiana. We don’t play in the CBI.”

Four of coach Tom Crean’s six seasons in Bloomington have ended without postseason play beyond the conference tournament.

Indiana finished the regular season 17-15, with four home wins over ranked teams. Wisconsin, Ohio State, Michigan and Iowa all lost in Bloomington this season.

But the Hoosiers struggled to build a consistent run of good results in conference play. They never won more than two games in a row. The win over Wisconsin was followed by back-to-back losses, including one at home to Northwestern. Indiana’s victory over Michigan, the eventual Big Ten champion, preceded a three-game losing streak.

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