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Denver and Louisiana Tech Earn NIT Bids
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Louisiana Tech Travels to Play Florida State in NIT

RUSTON
- (LT Media Relations) After a remarkable season that resulted in a 26-6 record and a Western Athletic Conference regular season championship, Louisiana Tech will participate in the 76th edition of the National Invitation Tournament as the Bulldogs will travel to face Florida State in Tallahassee on Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. CT in game that will be streamed on ESPN3.

"Although we are extremely disappointed to not be playing in the NCAA Tournament, we are excited that we still have an opportunity to play another game and lengthen our season," said head coach Michael White, whose program will compete in the NIT for the first time since 2006. "Any alternative postseason is an accomplishment, especially the prestigious NIT. We plan on making the most of our opportunity."

The NIT consists of 32 teams as the Bulldogs received a No. 5 seed and will be in the same bracket as No. 1 Southern Miss, No. 2 Tennessee, No. 3 BYU, No. 4 Florida State, No. 6 Washington, No. 7 Mercer and No. 8 Charleston Southern.

LA Tech earned the automatic bid into the NIT having finished first in the Western Athletic Conference regular season with a 16-2 mark.

The Bulldogs posted an 18-game winning streak, the second longest streak during the 2012-13 season in NCAA Division I, en route to a Top 25 ranking and the program's first No. 1 seed in the WAC Tournament before falling to No. 9 seed UTSA 73-67 in a quarterfinal matchup.

LA Tech earned an NIT berth as New Mexico State received an NCAA Tournament bid with its win in the conference tournament. Denver also earned an NIT bid out of the WAC.

The NIT appearance marks the seventh time that the Bulldogs have participated in the post-season tournament, with LA Tech's best showing coming in 1986 when it advanced to the Final Four at Madison Square Garden earning a third place finish.

The `Dogs are 7-6 all-time in NIT games, the most recent contest being a first round defeat at Clemson, 69-53.
 
Florida State is 18-15 on the season as the Seminoles finished in sixth place with a 9-9 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Tickets for the Bulldogs first round NIT game can be purchased by calling the Tech Ticket Office at 318-257-3631 starting at 10 a.m. Monday morning.

For all the latest on Louisiana Tech men's basketball, fans can log onto www.LATechSports.com.

Denver Hosts Ohio in First Round of NIT


DENVER - (DU Media Relations) The No. 3-seeded University of Denver men's basketball team will host No. 6-seeded Ohio University in the National Invitation Tournament First Round at Magness Arena on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. MT. The game will air live on ESPN3.com.

 "I'm happy that our guys were rewarded for how well we played from December through the end of the season," head coach Joe Scott said. "Obviously the committee valued our consistency over a long period of time."

This marks just the third time in DU history that the Pioneers have made the NIT field and the first time they will host a game. DU fell at New York University in 1959 and at San Francisco in 2005.

Tickets for the first round game will go on sale Sunday at 9 p.m. MT with prices starting at $9.  Fans can purchase at www.denverpioneers.com/tickets or visit the Ritchie Center Box Office to buy tickets for this game.

DU men's basketball season ticket holders can call 303-871-HOOP or visit the Ritchie Center Box Office from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. MT on Monday, March 18 to secure their season ticket locations for this game.   DU student tickets are $5 and can only be bought at the Ritchie Center Box Office. 

The Pioneers (21-9, 16-2 WAC) won a share of the WAC regular season title, but Louisiana Tech took the top seed and the WAC's automatic berth in the NIT due to a tiebreaker, which was determined by RPI.

Denver is ranked No. 40 in the Pomeroy Rankings, 55 in ESPN's BPI, 60 in the Sagarin Rankings and 65 in the RPI. The Pioneers won 10-straight games to end the regular season, are 17-2 since New Year's Eve and are 20-4 since Dec. 5. In the final 23 games of the regular season, Denver shot 51.3 percent from the field, 41.0 percent from three-point range and has an assist/turnover ratio of 1.60. In that time, DU outscored opponents by 14.3 points, holding them to just 53.0 points.

The Bobcats, which advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 last season before falling to North Carolina in overtime, went 24-9 overall and 14-2 in the Mid-American Conference (MAC), tying Akron for the regular season title.

The winner of Tuesday's game will advance to face the winner of No. 2 Maryland (22-12) and No. 7 Niagara (19-13). 
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WAC
Overall
Utah Valley
13-3
20-12
New Mexico State
12-4
26-10
Grand Canyon
10-6
15-15
Chicago State
8-8
13-19
Idaho
7-9
16-18
Missouri-Kansas City
7-9
10-20
Seattle U
5-11
13-17
Bakersfield
5-11
13-19
Texas-Pan American
5-11
9-23
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