15 March 2009

NU tussles with Tulsa in NIT first round

First and foremost, congratulations are in order to Coach Carmody for his first NIT berth at NU and to the team for persevering this year after a couple of difficult years. It would be nice to have a little run and make it farther than any other team in NU history (i.e., past the 2nd round of the NIT).

So much for the NU-ND NIT match-up speculation. NU got the #5 seed and travels to #4 seed Tulsa for a Wed night battle @ 8pm central. Game will be broadcast on ESPNU and WGN Radio. Tulsa was the #2 team in Conference USA finishing a distant second to Memphis. Common opponents are a neutral site game vs Illinois (L 44-48), Texas A&M CC (W 66-43), and SMU (W 64-55 at home, W 74-64 @ SMU). NU had similar results so the transitivity property suggests this will be another vintage NU nailbiter.

The winner will then take on the winner of #1 Auburn (2nd place in SEC West) and #8 UT Martin (regular season Ohio Valley champion).

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