Iowa basketball in the postseason? It might happen

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IOWA CITY — Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery said today he would consider competing in a postseason basketball tournament after the Big Ten Tournament.

Among the possibilities include the College Basketball Invitational, a tournament run by the Gazelle Group, which is familiar to both Iowa's program and McCaffery. In 2009 Iowa competed in the CBE Classic in Kansas City, an early-season tournament also put on by the Gazelle Group.

"I think we’ve got a letter of inquiry, and I think anytime you have a chance to play in the postseason I would be interested,"  McCaffery said. "I have to see how we finish up, what’s our health, things of that nature. But it gives you an opportunity to give your young guys an opportunity.

"I know the group that runs CBI, Rick Giles and his group, are really, really first-class oriented. I think they run a heck of a tournament. It’s something I would consider, but it’s something we’ll have to talk through, I think."

Unless Iowa (10-17) wins the Big Ten Tournament — highly unlikely for a No. 10 or 11 seed — the Hawkeyes won't play in the NCAA Tournament. The NIT usually selects teams with winning records.

The 16-team CBI Tournament starts on March 15 and games are held at campus sites. The tournament ends with a best two-of-three series beginning March 28. Teams do not need a winning record to compete in the tournament.

No Big Ten team has played in the tournament but teams from the ACC (Virginia), Pac-10 (Oregon State, Stanford) and Big East (St. John's) have participated.

Iowa also could be eligible for the Postseason Tournament. None of the teams in the tournament's two years were from power conferences. Regional teams that have competed in it include Drake, Creighton and Missouri State.

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