College Basketball Invitational Crowns 2021 Champion

Waves Overwhelm Chanticleers in CBI Final 

March 24, 2021

DAYTONA BEACH – Pepperdine led from start to finish in capturing the 13th annual College Basketball Invitational with a 84-61 win over Coastal Carolina in the Final.

Pepperdine’s Kessler Edwards earned the tournament’s Most Valuable Player honor, averaging 19.7 points per game over the three games.

To eliminate excess travel, the CBI shifted its traditional campus site format to a neutral site destination at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. The CBI was played with 8 teams in a tournament format (without the normal best of three Championship Finals).  The CBI performed over 300 COVID tests on all players, coaches, and event staff without a single positive result.

About the Gazelle Group
The College Basketball Invitational is produced by the Gazelle Group of Princeton, N.J. The Gazelle Group is a sports marketing firm, specializing in event production and management, client representation, and sponsorship consulting. Gazelle produces numerous nationally-recognized events, such as the Empire Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project, Legends Classic, the Sunshine Slam, the Gotham Classic, and the Holiday Face-Off. For more information on the Gazelle Group, please visit

Photo Above: Steve Simoneau

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