Georgia Tech 76, CSUB 61, FINAL
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Everything about the past two weeks was uncharted territory for Cal State Bakersfield basketball. From entering the National Invitation Tournament to traveling to New York to playing in Madison Square Garden, none of the players or coaches really knew what to expect.
A year after reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time in the school’s Division I history, Cal State Bakersfield is making waves again in the magical basketball month of March.
The current crop of Cal State Bakersfield basketball players weren’t born during the heyday of the New York Knicks’ NBA prominence.
For Cal State Bakersfield’s basketball coaches and players, each of their games in the National Invitation Tournament has been a separate challenge, with unique strategy, focus and effort required.
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Colorado State coach Larry Eustachy was in a subdued mood Monday night after his team lost, but there was one topic that brightened him considerably.
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — As one of the lowest seeds in the National Invitation Tournament, Cal State Bakersfield wasn’t supposed to get anywhere near the NIT semifinals in New York City.
It was an experience none of them will ever forget: Walking through the tunnels at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, past posters of Kevin Durant (remember him, OKC?) into a sea of flashbulbs and onto a court with the famed NCAA Tournament logo.
One side effect from Cal State Bakersfield’s success in men’s basketball? Head coach Rod Barnes becomes a natural target for other jobs, including those from bigger and more wealthy programs.
The WAC basketball tournament games were held earlier this week at the Orlean's Arena in Las Vegas, bringing in teams from around the state - including Bakersfield's CSUB Roadrunners.