Marquette Hosts Harvard In NIT Wednesday at 6 pm CT

Marquette Hosts Harvard In NIT Wednesday at 6 pm CT

It was announced Monday evening that the team made the NCAA Tournament and will play Arizona State in the first round.

"I think it's fine", Mississippi State head coach Ben Howland said of this year's NIT rules changes. If the Irish win, they will play either eighth-seeded South Dakota State or ninth-seeded Villanova on Sunday. They're on the same side of the bracket as No. 1 USC, No. 2 Utah and No. 3 Stanford.

The NIT semifinals will be at New York's Madison Square Garden on March 27.

Nebraska will travel to Mississippi State for a first-round NIT game after the Huskers received only a No. 5 seed for the 32-team tournament. Not receiving an NCAA bid was another blow for the Cardinals, but Mahmoud said they're focusing on trying to win another tournament, albeit one with a lower profile than the Big Dance.

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"Marquette had flashes of good play, but we weren't able to make it come together when it mattered", said Tim Houge, MU grad student.

The Huskers surged into NCAA contention during a stretch in January where they won five straight games, and they were all good ones, against Purdue, Rutgers, twice against Iowa and IL. On their final NCAA team sheet, the Huskers' RPI was 56, with an average RPI win of 180. Despite losing their starting front line, the Huskers were also six points per game better on the offensive end this season. The Bulldogs claimed a 69-66 victory against the Huskers as part of the 1995 Ford Far West Classic in Portland, Oregon.

Baylor certainly looked like a team on its way to making the NCAA Tournament after winning five-consecutive games, which included wins over Kansas and Texas Tech.

Washington comes out the Pac-12 where they finisshed seventh and had a record of 20-12.

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Nebraska is the first Big Ten team with at least 20 overall wins and fewer than seven conference losses to ever miss out on the tournament.

The Huskers finished fourth in the Big Ten with a 13-5 record before losing to eventual tournament champion MI in the Big Ten Quarterfinals on March 2.

NU (22-10) will be playing in the NIT for the 18th time, more than any Big Ten program. So George Washington got the conference's automatic bid, but Dayton still had a good record, was going to get in, and had just taken up one more spot for a team on the edge of getting in.

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