Courtesy of Western Michigan Sports Information
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan men's basketball team earned its fourth postseason bid under head coach Steve Hawkins on Sunday, when it was announced that the Broncos earned a bid to the College Basketball Invitational. The Broncos will host the North Dakota State Bison in a first round game at University Arena on Wednesday, March 20. Game time is yet to be determined. The winner will play the winner of the Wyoming / Lehigh game to be played on March 19.
The Broncos have been to the postseason four times in the 10 seasons under head coach Steve Hawkins, including an NCAA Tournament bid in 2004, a National Invitational Tournament in 2005, and a CollegeInsider.com Tournament in 2011. This will be the first time the Broncos have participated in the CBI in their history.
The Broncos and the Bison have a short history together, with the teams splitting the all-time series 1-1. The teams first met in the 1956-57 season, when the Broncos defeated the Bison 79-57 in Kalamazoo. The teams next met last season, when the Bison defeated the Broncos 86-73 in Fargo. The teams are actually slated to meet again next season, when the Bison are to make yet another trip to Read Fieldhouse, as part of the return from their meeting last year.