Iowa and Minnesota join the Wildcats in the NIT. The Hawkeyes, in the postseason for the first time since a 2006 NCAA tourney appearance, host Dayton on Tuesday, while the Gophers battle LaSalle on Wednesday. View the NCAA’s NIT homepage.
Iowa has been selected to compete in the 2012 National Invitational Tournament. Iowa (17-16) is a seven seed and will host second-seeded Dayton (20-12) of the Atlantic 10 Conference on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN. “We are absolutely thrilled,” said Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery. “I’m so proud of our guys and how they persevered and grew throughout the season. Read the HawkeyeSports.com release.
Made it! Yes! Proud of our guys. Cya at carver on Tuesday.—
Matt Gatens (@mgatens5) March 12, 2012
Minnesota will play La Salle in the opening round of the National Invitation Tournament on Wednesday at Tom Gola Arena in Philadelphia. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN2. The game can also be heard statewide on the Gopher Radio Network, including 1500 ESPN in the Twin Cities. Sixth-seeded Minnesota will head into the contest with a 19-14 record following a 1-1 showing in the Big Ten Tournament. The third seed La Salle Explorers are 21-12 out of the Atlantic 10 Conference. Read the GopherSports.com release.
This might give you an idea why Gophers made it, per NIT chairman CM Newton: "Personally I’m interested in teams that are playing well now."—
PiPress Gophers Now (@GophersNow) March 12, 2012
Northwestern hosts an NIT game for the second straight year as the fourth-seeded Wildcats take on fifth-seeded Akron at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Tip time is set for 8 p.m. The contest is being televised by ESPN2. It is the seventh NIT appearance for Northwestern. This will be the first meeting between the Wildcats and the Zips. The winner of Tuesday’s contest advances to take on the winner of the game between top-seeded Washington and eighth-seeded Texas-Arlington. Read the NUSports.com release.