Sophomore Sam Timmins goes up to the basket in Washington's win over Colorado. The victor of the Wagner-Baylor game advances to face the victor of the matchup between No. 4 Mississippi State- No. 5 Nebraska. NU was seeded fifth and will play at fourth-seeded Mississippi State. Marquette was picked to finish seventh in the Big East before the season (which they did) and were headed for the NIT according to many prognosticators (which they are). A deep NIT run allows for more games against quality opponents in a tournament setting. Wagner made its first NIT appearance in 1979, under the direction of three-time NBA Champion and Wagner Hall of Famer, P.J. Carlesimo, as the Seahawks fell to Old Dominion, 81-79, in the first round to complete the season with a 21-7 mark. Returning to that self-improvement mantra may be vital for the Huskies moving forward.
Immediately following the crushing 69-66 overtime defeat to Oregon State, the Washington men's basketball team knew it had been eliminated from the NCAA tournament and would likely land in the National Invitation Tournament.
Nebraska beat Oklahoma State in the conference tournament, but fell to Iowa State in the next round.
With a win, UW could play at No. 1 Saint Mary's (28-5) in the second round later this week. The 2017-18 Seahawks reached the 20-win plateau for the eighth time in program history and second in the last three seasons.
"Boise State's logo is right on the floor", said Nickell. He's also an excellent defender, averaging 1.4 steals patrolling the perimeter.
In Washington's first-round Pac-12 Tourney loss to Oregon State, the Huskies had only two fast-break points and forced only 10 turnovers. The Redbirds have played in the NIT in six of the last 11 years while also competing in the CBI in 2014. Crisp, along with juniors Noah Dickerson, Matisse Thybulle, and Dominic Green, will most likely return as an experienced senior class in 2018-19.
The NIT is not the ideal landing spot, but it should be helpful for a relatively young team that continues to develop. Rider has one of the longest travel distances (nearly 3,000 miles) of any team that qualified for a postseason tournament.
Not only too little to get into the NCAA Tournament.
The Huskies are 8-1 all-time against the Broncos. The Ramblers (28-5), who joined the league five years ago, are making their first NCAA appearance in 33 years.
The Huskies have already been to Madison Square Garden - the home of the NIT semifinals (March 27) and championship game (March 29) - once this season in November when they played in The 2K Classic.
Washington and Boise State tip off at Alaska Airlines Arena at 7 p.m. Wednesday.