Monday, March 17, 2008

NU, Creighton Both Make NIT

As expected, both NU and Creighton extend their seasons into the NIT tournament, with both squads receiving a #3 seeding and receiving first round home games. CU (21-10) plays Rhode Island (21-11) on Tuesday 8 PM at the Qwest Center.It will be CU's ninth NIT appearance and third in five seasons. It will be Creighton's 11th post season tournament in a row.

Meanwhile, the Huskers (19-12) will host Charlotte (20-13) on Wednesday at 8 pm in the Devaney Center. The Huskers defeated Mizzou in the Big 12 Tournament, then were defeated by eventual Big 12 Champ Kansas, 64-54, although they put up much more of a spirited fight then previous contests, actually holding a half time lead.

"Nebraska won the NIT in 1996 and finished third in 1987, both under coach Danny Nee. NU also reached the semifinals in New York after three victories in 1983 under Moe Iba. The Huskers have played more NIT games - 33 in 14 appearances - than anyone else in the Big 12.

NU now has the longest NCAA tournament drought in the Big 12 - 10 years. Baylor and Kansas State ended their absences of 20 and 12 years, respectively, by getting at-large bids on Sunday."

A Husker win would result in their first 20 win season since 1998-99. It will be Charlotte's eigth post season appearance in 10 seasons under their coach, Bobby Lutz. The NIT field includes the two NCAA tourney finalists from last year, Florida and Ohio State.

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