March 13, 2006 |
A handful of impressive victories couldn't compensate for a late-season slide for USC, which was not selected Sunday to the 40-team National Invitation Tournament field. Despite posting victories over UCLA, North Carolina and Arizona -- seeded Nos. 2, 3 and 8, respectively, in different regions of the NCAA tournament -- the Trojans (17-13) were shut out of the postseason after losing seven of their final nine games.
November 13, 2005 |
After changing hands last summer, college basketball's oldest tournament is under new management and facing an uncertain future. In the settlement of an antitrust dispute in which the NCAA was accused of trying to put the National Invitation Tournament out of business, the NIT's early season and postseason tournaments were purchased by the NCAA in August for $56.5 million. But what it ultimately plans to do with the events is unclear. Some fear the worst.
April 1, 2005 |
Tarence Kinsey made a three-point basket with 1.3 seconds left Thursday night to lift South Carolina to a 60-57 victory over St. Joseph's in the National Invitation Tournament championship game. Pat Carroll of St. Joseph's had tied the score seconds earlier with a three-point basket, then Kinsey dribbled down the right side before pulling up for his winning shot. "I figured if I miss we're in [overtime]," Kinsey said. "I didn't want to pass because of the time so I said, 'Why not take the shot?'
March 20, 2005 |
Megan Duffy scored 18 points with seven free throws in the last minute and fourth-seeded Notre Dame beat UC Santa Barbara, 61-51, in the first round of the NCAA women's tournament Saturday. "We kept our poise a little more," Duffy said of the focus after halftime of the Tempe Regional game. "We were just trying to find a feel for the defense."
March 19, 2005 |
Bobby Brown had 25 points and seven rebounds to help Cal State Fullerton beat San Francisco, 85-69, on Friday night in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament. After shooting only 33.3% from the field in the first half, the Titans (21-10) made 12 of their first 14 attempts in the second and scored 57 points in the final 20 minutes to set up a second-round game at Georgetown. Ralphy Holmes had 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Titans.
March 18, 2004 |
Michael Kuebler and Hawaii were not intimidated by facing the only ranked team in the National Invitation Tournament. Kuebler scored 28 points at Logan, Utah, to lead Hawaii (20-11) to an 85-74 victory over No. 25 Utah State (25-4) in a first-round game Wednesday night. "It was the last game of the year if you lose," said Kuebler, who was only one point shy of his career high. "We came into the game tonight thinking that they were the No. 1-seeded team in the tournament."