NIT Championship 2011: Wichita State Downs Alabama 66-57 To Capture Title

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NIT Championship, Alabama Vs. Wichita State Final Score: Shockers Take Title

The Wichita State Shockers caught fire down the stretch, turning a close 2011 NIT final into a blowout with minutes left. Wichita State won 66-57, but the Alabama Crimson Tide trailed by only four points with about five minutes left. That's a lot of scoring in the closing minutes, with many of those points coming on threes. The Tide had a chance to pull within plausible striking distance with about a minute left, but Chris Hines bricked a dunk.

This is Wichita State men's basketball's first national postseason tournament victory. There will be no "SEC!" chants in Manhattan tonight ... no, you're right, there probably still will be.

J.T. Turley and Graham Hatch posted 12 points each for the Shockers, with Tony Mitchell putting together a 13-and-10 double-double effort for Alabama.

For more on this game, Bama fans should visit Roll Bama Roll and Wichita State fans should head to Mid Major Madness.

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Alabama Vs. Wichita State Score: NIT Championship Up For Grabs At Halftime

The No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide led the No. 4 Wichita St. Shockers in the 2011 NIT final by as many as five points early on, but with about six minutes to go the Shockers took over. Wichita takes a 37-34 lead into the break.

J.T. Durley leads the Shockers with 11 points and a pair of boards, while Tony Mitchell has added nine points and four rebounds for Bama. It’s been an evenly matched contest overall, with neither team finding much of an edge in any facet of the game.

You may be delighted or horrified to know there are many, many Alabama fans in Madison Square Garden, which has got to be a rare sight. “Roll Tide” chants really picked up at the end of the half, when Alabama was losing. Don’t even let them start chanting “SEC!” y’all, because they’ll do it.

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NIT Championship 2011: Alabama, Wichita State To Battle For NIT Title Thursday

From 32 teams to two, the 2011 NIT is at its championship game. On Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, the Alabama Crimson Tide and Wichita State Shockers battle for the NIT Championship after surviving four games over the past two-plus weeks. On Tuesday night, each secured a berth in the NIT Finals, but did so in completely different ways.

Wichita State took the chance to play a power conference team on national television and ran with it, blowing the doors off the Washington State Cougars in the evening's first matchup. The Shockers were in charge the whole way, cruising to a 75-44 win over the Cougars. Wichita State made its way to Madison Square Garden with wins over Nebraska, No. 1 seed Virginia Tech, College of Charleston and No. 2 seed Washington State.

Alabama had to fight and claw to secure a spot in the NIT Championship as Colorado gave the Crimson Tide all they could handle. Trevor Releford's go-ahead lay-in with 13 seconds to go gave Alabama a 62-61 lead that proved to be the final margin. The Crimson Tide took down Coastal Carolina, New Mexico, Miami and Colorado en route to the championship game at Madison Square Garden.

Alabama and Wichita State take the floor for the NIT Championship on Thursday at 7 p.m. Eastern on ESPN2. For more on Alabama basketball, check out SB Nation's Roll Bama Roll.

Check out the Final Four bracket below and be sure to visit our 2011 NIT StoryStream for more results.

Tuesday, March 29th:

Semifinal 2: No. 4 Wichita State defeats No. 2 Washington State, 75-44

Semifinal 1: No. 1 Colorado vs. No. 1 Alabama, 62-61

Thursday, March 31st:

NIT Championship Game: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Wichita State 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2

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NIT Tournament 2011 Bracket Update: Alabama Uses Late Layup To Earn NIT Championship Game Berth

Alabama and Colorado put on a show at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night in the NIT semifinals, going down to the wire after the Buffaloes came storming back in the second half. Down by as many as 10 in the second, Colorado took over, snatching the lead momentarily before both teams traded ties and lead changes over the final moments. With 13 seconds to go, Alabama’s Trevor Releford drove baseline and hit a lay-in to give the Crimson Tide 62-61 lead.

Colorado was all out of sorts on its final possession after calling a timeout to draw up one final play for the win. Out of the timeout, the Buffaloes looked confused, spending time dribbling around the perimeter before forcing up a long, contested shot at the buzzer that never had a chance. Thanks to Releford’s go-ahead bucket, Alabama escaped and advanced to the NIT Championship with a 62-61 win.

JaMychal Green scored a game-high 22 points for Alabama, but fouled out with just over two minutes to go. Releford was also in double-figures with 13 points for the Crimson Tide. Alec Burks finished with a team-high 20 points for Colorado in the loss.

Alabama moves on to face Wichita State, winners of the earlier semifinal, in the NIT Championship on Thursday.

For more on the Buffaloes, check out SB Nation’s Ralphie Report. To connect with Alabama fans, visit Roll Bama Roll.

Tuesday, March 29th:

Semifinal 2: No. 4 Wichita State defeats No. 2 Washington State, 75-44

Semifinal 1: No. 1 Colorado vs. No. 1 Alabama, 62-61

Thursday, March 31st:

NIT Championship Game: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Wichita State 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2

More 2011 March Madness resources: Visit our NCAA Tournament hub for up-to-date news and information and check out our constantly updated printable NCAA Tournament bracket.

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NIT Tournament 2011 Bracket Update: Wichita State Basketball Earns Title Shot

No. 4 Wichita State has a chance to complete its 2011 NIT Tournament run with a championship. Blowing away No. 2 Washington State 75-44 Tuesday night, the Shockers set up a meeting with either No. 1 Colorado or No. 1 Alabama, two schools begrudgingly playing in the tournament after being snubbed from March Madness in favor of VCU. Yeah, what have those guys gone on to do, anyway?

Previously suspended forward DeAngelo Casto led the Cougars with nine points and five rebounds, but that's about the only bright spot for WSU. Garrett Stutz blew up for 24 points and 13 boards for Wichita State and helped hold the Cougars to under 30 percent shooting from the floor.

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Tuesday, March 29th:

Semifinal 2: No. 4 Wichita State defeats No. 2 Washington State, 75-44

Semifinal 1: No. 1 Colorado vs. No. 1 Alabama, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Thursday, March 31st:

NIT Championship Game: Winner of Semifinal 1 vs. Winner of Semifinal 2, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2

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NIT Bracket 2011 Update: Washington State Survives Northwestern In Overtime, Heads To Semifinals

Washington State will head to New York City for the NIT semifinals, after the Cougars outlasted Northwestern Wednesday night in Pullman, Washington. Klay Thompson scored 12 of his 17 points after halftime, including a key jumper in overtime that propelled the Cougars.

For Northwestern, Michael Thompson led the way with 20 points, but the team finished just 10-38 from three point range. Thompson missed two open three pointers down the stretch in overtime, and ultimately, that was the difference. Washington State won, 69-66.

And in the end, Washington State's Thompson, came through with big shots where Northwestern's could not. Next up, Klay's Cougars face Wichita State in Madison Square Garden.

The full schedule for the rest of the tournament is below.

Tuesday, March 29th:

Semifinal 1: No. 1 Colorado vs. No. 1 Alabama, 7 or 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Semifinal 2: No. 4 Wichita State vs. No. 2 Washington State, 7 or 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Thursday, March 31st:

NIT Championship Game: Winner of Semifinal 1 vs. Winner of Semifinal 2, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2

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NIT Bracket 2011 Update: Alabama Cruises Into Semifinals With Win Over Miami

Trevor Releford scored 22 points to lead the Alabama Crimson Tide to a 79-64 victory over the Miami Hurricanes in the quarterfinal round of the 2011 NIT Bracket at Coleman Coliseum on Wednesday night.

Senario Hillman added 17 points for Alabama (24-11), which will now take on Colorado in the semifinals at Madison Square Garden next Tuesday. Tony Mitchell posted 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Crimson Tide, while JaMychal Green tallied 14 points.

Durand Scott registered 19 points for Miami-Florida (21-15), while Reggie Johnson and DeQuan Jones finished with 14 and 12 points, respectively.

For more on Alabama, visit Roll Bama Roll while Miami fans should visit The 7th Floor.

Here's the updated look at the NIT bracket, and the schedule for the remaining games:

Tuesday:

Quarterfinal 1: No. 1 Colorado def. No. 7 Kent State, 80-74

Wednesday:

Quarterfinal 2: No. 4 Wichita State def. No. 6 College of Charleston, 82-75

Quarterfinal 3: No. 1 Alabama def. No. 2 Miami, 79-64

Quarterfinal 4: No. 2 Washington State def. No. 4 Northwestern, 69-66

Tuesday, March 29th:

Semifinal 1: No. 1 Colorado vs. No. 1 Alabama, 7 or 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Semifinal 2: No. 4 Wichita State vs. No. 2 Washington State, 7 or 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Thursday, March 31st:

NIT Championship Game: Winner of Semifinal 1 vs. Winner of Semifinal 2, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2

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NIT Bracket 2011 Update: Wichita State Advances With Win Over Charleston

The Wichita State Shockers made life hard on themselves, letting the Charleston Cougars back into their NIT quarterfinal matchup after opening up a massive lead, but they were able to hold on and ended up winning by a comfortable 82-75 margin. The Shockers put together a 14-4 record in the Missouri Valley conference, but an untimely conference tournament sent them to the NIT, where they have established themselves as contenders, defeating Virginia Tech in overtime in the previous round. They're now in the semifinals, and they're likely to come up a much tougher opponent than Charleston in the next round.

Wichita State spread the scoring around in the game, with four of their starters scoring in double figures. The Shockers out-rebounded their opponents and doubled Charleston's assist total, while shooting 54.7 percent from the field. Despite the fact that they let Charleston close the gap a bit at the end, it was a solid all-around performance, and the Shockers should cause some problems for their semifinal opponent.

For more on Wichita State, Charleston, and other mid-major programs, check out Mid Major Madness, SB Nation's mid-major hoops blog.

Tuesday:

Quarterfinal 1: No. 1 Colorado def. No. 7 Kent State, 80-74

Wednesday:

Quarterfinal 2: No. 4 Wichita State def. No. 6 College of Charleston, 82-75

Quarterfinal 3: No. 2 Miami vs. No. 1 Alabama, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Quarterfinal 4: No. 4 Northwestern vs. No. 2 Washington State, 11 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Tuesday, March 29th:

Semifinal 1: No. 1 Colorado vs. Winner of Quarterfinal 3, 7 or 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Semifinal 2: Winner of Quarterfinal 2 vs. Winner of Quarterfinal 4, 7 or 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Thursday, March 31st:

NIT Championship Game: Winner of Semifinal 1 vs. Winner of Semifinal 2, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2

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NIT Bracket 2011 Update: Colorado Advances To Semifinals With Win Over Kent State

The Kent State Golden Flashes had been playing the role of spoiler over the first two rounds of the 2011 NIT bracket. But on Tuesday, Kent State's dream run came to an end at the hands of No. 1 seed Colorado in Boulder. The Flashes gave the Buffaloes all they could handle, but in the end it was Colorado pulling away for an 80-74 win and trip to Madison Square Garden for the 2011 NIT semifinals.

Alec Burks had a double-double for Colorado, finishing with a game-high 25 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Justin Greene led the way for Kent State with 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

Colorado moves on to face either Alabama or Miami in the semifinals. The Hurricanes and Crimson Tide play on Wednesday night at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.

The rest of the remaining NIT schedule can be found below. For more on Colorado and Kent State, check out Ralphie Report, SB Nation's Colorado blog, and Mid Major Madness, SB Nation's mid-major hoops blog.

Tuesday:

Quarterfinal 1: No. 1 Colorado def. No. 7 Kent State, 80-74

Wednesday:

Quarterfinal 2: No. 6 College of Charleston vs. No. 4 Wichita State, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Quarterfinal 3: No. 2 Miami vs. No. 1 Alabama, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Quarterfinal 4: No. 4 Northwestern vs. No. 2 Washington State, 11 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Tuesday, March 29th:

Semifinal 1: No. 1 Colorado vs. Winner of Quarterfinal 3, 7 or 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Semifinal 2: Winner of Quarterfinal 2 vs. Winner of Quarterfinal 4, 7 or 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Thursday, March 31st:

NIT Championship Game: Winner of Semifinal 1 vs. Winner of Semifinal 2, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2

More 2011 March Madness resources: Visit our NCAA Tournament hub for up-to-date news and information ... check out updates printable NCAA Tournament bracket.

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NIT Bracket 2011 Update: Full Schedule, TV Information For Quarterfinals

While the 2011 NCAA Tournament waits to begin play with its final 16 teams on Thursday, the NIT tournament bracket is already down to eight schools as the quarterfinal field is set. The final eight action begins on Tuesday night with just one game: No. 7 Kent State -- the highest remaining seed -- taking on No. 1 Colorado at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. Below is the full schedule and TV information for what remains of the 2011 NIT bracket.

Tuesday:

Quarterfinal 1: No. 7 Kent State vs. No. 1 Colorado, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN

Wednesday:

Quarterfinal 2: No. 6 College of Charleston vs. No. 4 Wichita State, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Quarterfinal 3: No. 2 Miami vs. No. 1 Alabama, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Quarterfinal 4: No. 4 Northwestern vs. No. 2 Washington State, 11 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Tuesday, March 29th:

Semifinal 1: Winner of Quarterfinal 1 vs. Winner of Quarterfinal 3, 7 or 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Semifinal 2: Winner of Quarterfinal 2 vs. Winner of Quarterfinal 4, 7 or 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Thursday, March 31st:

NIT Championship Game: Winner of Semifinal 1 vs. Winner of Semifinal 2, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2

More 2011 March Madness resources: Visit our NCAA Tournament hub for up-to-date news and information … check out updates printable NCAA Tournament bracket.

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NIT Bracket 2011 Update: Washington State Moves To Quarterfinals After Beating Oklahoma State

Second-seeded Washington State is the final team rounding out the 2011 NIT bracket’s quarterfinals after cruising past No. 3 Oklahoma State on Monday night, 74-64, in the second round of college basketball’s other tournament.

The Cougars were led by NBA prospect Klay Thompson, as the junior guard notched a game-high 21 points. Australian forward Brock Motum also added 17 points of his own.

Washington State opened with a hot start from the field, taking an early 9-0 lead thanks to cold shooting from the Cowboys. Oklahoma State struggled from behind the three-point line the entire game, finishing just 4-for-19 on the night.

Washington State now advances to face Northwestern in the quarterfinals of the NIT on Thursday. Northwestern is coming off an 18-point win against Boston College on Saturday.

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NIT Tournament 2011 Bracket Update: Alabama Advances

Alabama's Tony Mitchell and Trevor Releford combined to score 43 points while helping lead the Crimson Tide over New Mexico by a score of 74-67. The win sets up a match-up with Miami for a spot in the NIT semifinals in New York. 

Alabama led by four at the half and as many as 18 points in the second before holding off a late New Mexico rally. Kendall Williams scored 18 points while Phillip McDaniel added 12 for the Lobos. Drew Gordon was also in double figures with 11. 

Mitchell led the Tide with 23 points while Releford added 20. Charvez Davis had 14 giving Alabama three players in double figures. The Tide shot 53% from the field but their struggles at the free throw line nearly allowed New Mexico to get back in the game. Alabama was just 16-30 from the free throw line including 4-10 over the last 1:32 of the game. 

For more on this game Alabama fans should head over to Roll Bama Roll, and everyone else should head to Mid Major Madness.

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NIT Tournament 2011 Bracket Update: Miami Comes From Behind To Beat Missouri State

Miami overcame a six point halftime deficit to capture a 81-72 victory over the Missouri State Bears. The Hurricanes trailed 32-26 at the half before erupting for 55 second half points. They outscored the Bears by 15 points after halftime cruising home to a nine-point lead.

Durand Scott scored 20 points to lead Miami while Adrian Thomas added 16. Miami capitalized on its opportunities shooting 50% from the field while converting 21-24 attempts at the free throw line.

Missouri Sate was led by Adam Leonard's 26 points. Leonard was 7-8 from beyond the arc and 9-11 from the field overall. As a team, The Bears connected on 13-29 attempts from three-point range. Kyle Weems added 18 points for Missouri State.

The Bears led the Hurricanes by as many as nine points in the first half before Malcolm Grant's three-point buzzer beater sent Miami to the locker room with some momentum. The Hurricanes took the lead just under two minutes into the second half and never looked back.

Miami advances to play the winner of Alabama and New Mexico with a trip to the NIT semifinals in New York at stake.

For more on this game Miami fans should head over to The 7th Floor, and everyone else should head to Mid Major Madness.

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NIT Bracket 2011 Update: Second Round Play Concludes Monday Night On ESPN

The 2011 NIT Tournament continues action on Monday night, with three more games in prime time, the final games of the NIT's second round, and another round of tests for the tournament favorites. 

So far, two top seeds in the 2011 NIT Tournament have already been ousted, as Virginia Tech and Boston College both fell in second round games to Wichita State and Northwestern. Monday night, Alabama hopes to avoid a similar fate vs. New Mexico. Meanwhile, Miami hopes to survive as well, as they'll face Missouri State at home.

And as the brackets begin to take shape on both sides, teams are looking to get one step closer to the NIT Final Four in Madison Square Garden. The winners tonight will be just one game away from a trip to New York City, and for many, just getting to Madison Square Garden can mean redemption for a season that didn't go quite as well as they planned. But before they get there, they have to take care of business tonight.

Monday night's games are below:

For more information on these games and the rest of the 2011 NIT Tournament, check for updates here.

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NIT Tournament 2011 Bracket Update: Wichita State Basketball Upsets Virginia Tech

Two March Madness-aggrieved No. 1 seeds are now out of the 2011 NIT Tournament, with Virginia Tech joining Boston College by losing 79-76 to No. 4 Wichita State in overtime. Malcolm Delaney scored an insufficient 30 points as the Hokies shot 34 free throws to Wichita State's 12. Blacksburg home-cookin' came up short today, friends.

In the day's only other NIT action, No. 7 Kent State upset No. 6 Fairfield, 72-68. Randal Holt led the Golden Flashes with 22 points and three steals. 

The Shockers will move on to face fellow upstart No. 6 College of Charleston, who've knocked off the defending champs and No. 2 Cleveland State. Kent State will advance to get No. 1 Colorado in the quarterfinals, perhaps the team least pleased about being here in the first place.

For more on these games, Hokies fans should visit Gobbler Country, Kent State fans are off to Hustle Belt, and everybody else should head to Mid Major Madness.

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NIT Tournament 2011 Bracket Update: Cal, Washington State, Colorado Advance

The first round of the NIT basketball tournament came to a close on Wednesday night in an upset-free day. Each of the higher seeds -- even the No. 4 seeds facing teams that were, more or less, equal -- brought home wins to advance to the second round of the bracket, set to be played next week. Colorado, still stinging from an NCAA Tournament snub, highlighted the action, taking its frustration out on Texas Southern in a 14-point win.

Washington State survived an up-and-down game, jumping out to an early lead, nearly coughing it up and6 recovering to pull away in an 85-74 win over Long Beach State. Pac-10 mate California made it a future Pac-12 trifecta in the evening games with a 77-74 win over Mississippi.

With the first round in the books, the NIT hits the back-burner, though the window for games is listed as March 17-21. Check back with our 2011 NIT StoryStream for the latest news and updates from the tournament.

Here's the remaining schedule after the first round.

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NIT Tournament 2011 Scores, Bracket Update: Virginia Tech, Wichita State, Miami Win Blowouts

No, that score is not a misprint: Wichita State really did club Nebraska by 27 points in the opening round of the NIT, the biggest win by any team in the consolation tourney so far. In fact, much of the Wednesday action so far has featured blowouts, including Miami (FL) shellacking nearby Florida Atlantic by an also-impressive 23-point margin.

And barring Colorado coughing up a 15-point halftime lead against Texas Southern, it looks like all the No. 1 seeds will breeze through the first round. Virginia Tech polished off Bethune-Cookman by 25 points. So unless you're talking margins, we haven't seen any major surprise so far on the second night of the tournament.

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NIT Tournament 2011 Bracket Update: Nine Advance; No. 2 St. Mary's Sent Home

The first night of the 2011 NIT Basketball Tournament is in the books, and we have nine teams advancing to the second round of the bracket. The full rundown of first round NIT scores, following by Wednesday night's schedule:

REGION 1:

No. 1 Alabama defeats No. 8 Coastal Carolina, 68-44

No. 4 New Mexico defeats No. 5 UTEP, 69-57

No. 3 Missouri State defeats No. 6 Murray State, 89-76

(Alabama and New Mexico face each other in second round.)

REGION 2:

No. 6 Fairfield upsets No. 3 Colorado State, 62-60

No. 7 Kent State upsets No. 2 St. Mary's, 71-70

(Fairfield and Kent State face each other in second round.)

REGION 3:

No. 1 Boston College defeats No. 8 McNeese State, 82-64

No. 3 Oklahoma State defeats No. 6 Harvard, 71-54

REGION 4:

No. 6 College of Charleston upsets No. 3 Dayton, 94-84

No. 2 Cleveland State defeats No. 7 Vermont, 63-60.

(College of Charleston and Cleveland State face each other in second round.)

 

Schedule of NIT Tournament games on Wednesday night (on ESPN networks):

No. 4 Wichita State vs. No. 5 Nebraska, 7 p.m.

No. 2 Miami vs. No 7 Florida Atlantic, 7:30 p.m.

No. 4 Northwestern vs. No. 5 UW-Milwaukee, 8 p.m.

No. 1 Virginia Tech vs. No. 8 Bet-Cookman, 8 p.m.

No. 1 Colorado vs. No. 8 Texas Southern, 9 p.m.

No. 4 Cal vs. No. 5 Ole Miss, 9 p.m.

No. 2 Washington State vs. No. 7 Long Beach, 10 p.m.

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NIT Tournament 2011 Scores, Bracket Update: Boston College And New Mexico Move On

Add Boston College to the list of top teams that won their opening game of the NIT. Reggie Jackson scored 15 of his 22 points in the first half as 1-seed Boston College cruised to a 82-64 victory over 8-seed McNeese State. They now await the winner of Northwestern-Milwaukee.

Jermaine Mallett scored 23 points and Kyle Weems scored 14 points as the 3-seed Missouri State Bears topped the Murray State Racers, 89-76. They'll face either Miami (FL) or Florida Atlantic in the next round.

The only upset of the night comes courtesy of 6-seed Fairfield, which topped 3-seed Colorado State 62-60. Yorel Hawkins scored 17 points while Ryan Olander added 12 points and 10 rebounds in the win. 

The only game left on the night is a late-tip between St. Mary's and Kent State.

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NIT Tournament 2011 Scores, Bracket Update: Alabama, Oklahoma State Advance, Harvard Falls

Alabama, the first of three spurned NCAA Tournament bubble teams to play their 2011 NIT Tournament opener, took it out on Coastal Carolina, winning by a 68-44 score. Senario Hillman and JaMychal Green combined for 20 points and 17 rebounds. The Tide will move on to play the winner of Tuesday night's New Mexico-UTEP game.

Defending champs Dayton were knocked out by Charleston, 94-84, and the March Madness hopefuls of Harvard saw their season end at the hands of Oklahoma State, 71-54. No. 2 seed Vermont struggled to put away Cleveland State, 63-60. 

No. 1 seed Boston College is set to take on McNeese State, and No. 1 seeds Virginia Tech and Colorado begrudgingly begin NIT play Wednesday.

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NIT Tournament 2011 TV Schedule, Locations, Game Times, And Announcers

2011 NIT Tournament television dates and times, game locations, broadcast channels, and commentator teams have been announced. For the first three rounds, schools will play home games, with the higher-seeded team earning home-court advantage. The final two rounds will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York City. 

Every game will be broadcast on one ESPN or another this year, meaning the enterprising college basketball fan could watch at least one live minute of every game of the 2011 NCAA Tournament, NIT, and Women's NCAA Tournament. Though we do not advise of course we advise it.

Tournament schedule:

  • March 15-16: First Round, various ESPNs, home locations
  • March 18-21: Second Round, various ESPNs, home locations
  • March 22 (ESPN), 23 (ESPN2): Quarterfinals, 7 pm and 9 pm, home locations
  • March 29: Semifinals, 7 pm and 9:30 pm, ESPN2, Madison Square Garden
  • March 31: Championship Game, 7 pm, ESPN2, Madison Square Garden

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2011 NIT Tournament Bracket: Colorado, Virginia Tech Among No. 1 Seeds

The 2011 NIT Tournament begins March 15, with the complete bracket announced on ESPNU shortly after the 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket's unveiling. March Madness snubs Alabama, Colorado, and Virginia Tech drew No. 1 seeds, with Boston College taking the other No. 1.

The conference's title game will be held at Madison Square Garden on March 31. The Dayton Flyers have a tough road ahead of them if they're going to repeat, with a Charleston team that nearly made the NCAA Tournament in round one.

For more on the NCAA, NIT, and various other tournaments, visit SB Nation's NCAA Basketball hub.

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No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. No. 8 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers on Tuesday at 7 pm

No. 4 New Mexico Lobos vs. No. 5 UTEP Miners on Tuesday at 9 pm

No. 3 Missouri State Bears vs. No. 6 Murray State Racers on Tuesday at 8 pm

No. 2 Miami Hurricanes vs. No. 7 Florida Atlantic Owls on Wednesday at 7:30 pm

No. 1 Colorado Buffaloes vs. No. 8 Texas Southern Wednesday at 7 pm

No. 4 California Golden Bears vs. No. 5 Mississippi Rebels on Wednesday at 9 pm

No. 3 Colorado St. Rams vs. No. 6 Fairfield Stags Tuesday at 9 pm

No. 2 St. Mary's Gaels vs. No. 7 Kent St. Golden Flashes on Tuesday at 11 pm

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No. 1 Boston College Eagles vs. 8 McNeese St. Cowboys on Tuesday at 9 pm

No. 4 Northwestern Wildcats vs. No. 5 Milwaukee Panthers on Wednesday at 8 pm

No. 3 Oklahoma St. Cowboys vs. No. 6 Harvard Crimson on Tuesday at 7 pm

No. 2 Washington St. Cougars vs. No. 7 Long Beach St. 49ers on Wednesday at 10 pm

No. 1 Virginia Tech Hokies vs. No. 8 Bethune-Cookman Wildcats on Wednesday at 8 pm

No. 4 Wichita St. Shockers vs. No. 5 Nebraska Cornhuskers on Wednesday at 7 pm

No. 3 Dayton Flyers vs. No. 6 Charleston Cougars on Tuesday at 7 pm

No. 2 Cleveland St. Vikings vs. No. 7 Vermont Catamounts on Tuesday at 7 pm

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2011 NIT Tournament: Selection Show Time, TV Information And Schedule

While debate will rage over the March Madness 2011 Bracket for several days, the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) will select 32 teams who missed out on the NCAA Tournament. There are already 14 automatic qualifiers for the tournament and 18 at-large selection in the 74th edition of the postseason tournament.

Automatic Bids: St. Mary's, Missouri State, Long Beach State, Kent State, College of Charleston, Fairfield, Coastal Carolina, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Murray State, Vermont, McNeese State, Florida Atlantic, Bethune-Cookman, Texas Southern

Time: The selection show starts at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.

TV information: ESPNU will have a 30-minute show to unveil the 2011 NIT Bracket. The ESPN network will have exclusive coverage of the tournament.

Tournament Schedule
March 15-16: First Round
March 18-21: Second Round
March 22-23: Quarterfinals
March 29: Semifinals
March 31: Championship Game

The final two rounds of the tournament will be played in Madison Square Garden. The Dayton Flyers won last year's NIT and will likely be participating in this year's one as well. Is a repeat possible?

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