Duquesne will not participate in the College Basketball Invitational next week athletic director Greg Amodio said on Saturday night.
A formal invitation had not been extended to Duquesne at the time of the decision, he said.
He basically explained that it was more prudent to move forward after discussions with CBI officials.
“After we talked a little bit I decided before there was even a formal offer made that we really need to focus on moving forward,” said Amodio. “I believe it is in our best interest to focus our time and attention on recruiting, planning and moving forward for next season.”
Duquesne was in contention for the CBI, which generally fills a field of 16 from teams ranked as high as 130 in the RPI. Duquesne was ranked No. 108 on Friday and improved on 106 on Saturday.Coach Ron Everhart had said Friday that he was hoping to get his team a postseason game.
“Basketball coaches and basketball players always want to continue the season,” said Amodio. “Sometimes you have to sit back and look. Sometimes it makes more sense to look forward.”