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.