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March 29, 2000 |
Wake Forest won bragging rights in its rivalry with North Carolina State and earned a spot in the final of the National Invitation Tournament. Darius Songaila scored 18 points, including six in overtime, as Wake Forest earned a 62-59 victory over the Atlantic Coast Conference rival Wolfpack (20-13) in the semifinals of the NIT on Tuesday night at New York. Wake Forest (21-14) will play Notre Dame (22-14) in Thursday night's final.
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November 15, 2007 | Robyn Norwood, Times Staff Writer
The initials NIT stand for Not In Tournament, or so the joke goes, but a group that produces several early season tournaments has decided there is room for a third postseason tournament. The College Basketball Invitational, a 16-team tournament that wants to compete with the NIT for the NCAA tournament's leftovers, is planning a March debut even though it does not have a television deal in place.
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March 15, 2000 | By MIKE TERRY,
Tonight's National Invitation Tournament first-round game between California and Long Beach State features teams that have never played each other and did not exactly figure to be here. The 49ers, whose 24-5 record was the third best in school history, were on track for an NCAA tournament slot. The 49ers dominated the Big West Conference's Western Division with a 15-1 record, ran off a 15-game winning streak and have won 22 of their last 24 games.
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March 12, 2007 | From the Associated Press
West Virginia, Clemson, Air Force and Mississippi State were seeded No. 1 Sunday night in the revamped National Invitation Tournament, a postseason competition that was little more than a consolation prize for some of the teams that were snubbed by the NCAA. Once the NCAA picked the 65-team field for its tournament, the NIT had the pick of the leftovers, which included the four No. 1s and others such as Syracuse, Drexel, Kansas State and Washington.
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March 8, 1999 | DAVID WHARTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Adam Spanich told his teammates not to worry. All day long, he just knew the USC basketball team would get a telephone call from the National Invitation Tournament. "I wasn't nervous," Spanich said. "I had a feeling." And the senior guard was right. NIT officials called Sunday evening to invite the Trojans to play at Wyoming in a first-round game Wednesday.
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March 10, 1999 | SCOTT MOE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After losing five of its last eight games and being upset by Santa Clara in the West Coast Conference semifinal, Pepperdine's basketball team gets another chance to end its season on a positive note when it begins play in the National Invitation Tournament tonight. The bad news for the Waves is they have to travel to Boulder, Colo., to play a Colorado team that not only has the home-crowd advantage, but plays the style that gives the Waves' defense the most difficulty--fast-paced.
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November 14, 2001 | PAUL GUTIERREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Jerry Dupree wasn't pacing around USC's locker room before the game, the sophomore forward was hopping around it in eager anticipation. The junior college transfer with the old-school look of headband, high socks and wristbands up both arms hadn't played in a college game in almost two years, since last suiting up for the College of Southern Idaho, and he was getting a start in his Trojan debut.
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November 13, 2005 | Jerry Crowe, Times Staff Writer
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.
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March 9, 1998 | From Associated Press
Led by Vanderbilt and Hawaii, the Southeastern and Western Athletic conferences placed four teams each in the National Invitation Tournament. Besides Vanderbilt (18-12), other SEC teams in the field announced Sunday night were Georgia (16-14), Florida (14-14) and Auburn (15-12). WAC teams include Hawaii (19-8), Colorado State (20-8), Fresno State (18-11) and Wyoming (19-8).
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March 8, 1999 | From Associated Press
Four ACC teams and a rematch of the memorable Georgetown-Princeton game in the 1989 NCAA tournament highlight this year's NIT field. Wake Forest, North Carolina State, Clemson and Georgia Tech earned NIT bids Sunday from the Atlantic Coast Conference. Only three ACC teams were chosen for the NCAA tournament.
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March 13, 2006 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
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.
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November 13, 2005 | Jerry Crowe, Times Staff Writer
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.
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April 1, 2005 | From Associated Press
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?'
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March 19, 2005 | From Associated Press
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.
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March 18, 2004 | From Associated Press
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."
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March 18, 2004 | From Times Wire Services
Azusa Pacific shot only 32% and lost to North Georgia State, 66-62, Wednesday in the first round of the NAIA Division I women's basketball tournament in Jackson, Tenn. Azusa Pacific (20-12) got 15 points each from Lindsey West and Marie Dyk. West also had 10 rebounds. Angelyn Love had 15 points and Jeanine Dorminey 12 points for North Georgia (29-5). In another first-round game, Point Loma Nazarene (23-12) defeated Lindsey Wilson of Kentucky, 75-61.
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April 1, 2005 | From Associated Press
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?'
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March 19, 2005 | From Associated Press
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.
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April 4, 2003 | From Associated Press
Marcus Hatten helped St. John's win a championship. And the Red Storm fans helped him celebrate. Hatten ended his collegiate career with a championship, scoring 22 points as St. John's won its sixth National Invitation Tournament with a 70-67 comeback victory over Big East rival Georgetown in front of 12,406 Thursday night in Madison Square Garden at New York. Boisterous St. John's fans rushed the court after the game as "New York, New York" played.
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April 2, 2003 | From Associated Press
Marcus Hatten loves taking gambles. His biggest one Tuesday night helped St. John's reach the National Invitation Tournament final. Hatten stole the ball from Will Chavis and made a layup with 16.2 seconds remaining to give the Red Storm a 64-63 victory over Texas Tech and Bob Knight in the semifinals at New York. "I was reading the guy with the ball [Chavis], and I knew he was going to pass it," Hatten said. "So I just turned my back like I wasn't paying him no mind."
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