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