The Southeastern sports fan's rooting interests in the 2011 NIT Tournament: rapidly dwindling. SEC fans, Alabama is still up, and the general ACC fan could root for Miami, I guess, though Georgia Tech fans still have Bobby Cremins' College of Charleston to root for.
After No. 1 Virginia Tech's overtime upset at the hands of Wichita State, which came in Blacksburg despite a heavy free throw advantage in favor of the Hokies, Colorado and Bama are the only No. 1 seeds left.
Both Miami and Alabama will play tonight, along with the Oklahoma State-Washington State game, to decide who makes the quarterfinals. Quarterfinals winners are off to Madison Square Garden, home of the New York Knicks and the illustrious 2011 Big East Tournament, which marked the last time a Big East team won a postseason game as far as I know.
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Updated 2011 NIT Tournament bracket and TV schedule:
- No. 4 New Mexico Lobos at No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide, March 21 at 9, ESPN
- No. 3 Missouri State Bears at No. 2 Miami Hurricanes, March 21 at 7, ESPN
- No. 1 Colorado Buffaloes defeats
No. 4 California Golden Bears, 89-72
- No. 7 Kent St. Golden Flashes defeats
No. 6 Fairfield Stags, 72-68
- No. 4 Northwestern Wildcats defeats
No. 1 Boston College Eagles, 85-67
- No. 3 Oklahoma St. Cowboys at No. 2 Washington St. Cougars, March 21 at 11:30, ESPN2
- No. 4 Wichita St. Shockers at
No. 1 Virginia Tech Hokies, 79-76 OT
No. 6 Charleston Cougars defeats
No. 2 Cleveland St. Vikings, 64-56
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