Monday, March 14, 2016

Texas Southern earns NIT bid; Play at Valpo

-- Texas Southern earned the eighth seed and will face one-seeded Valparaiso in first-round action of the National Invitation Tournament at the Athletics Recreation Center on Tuesday evening, at 8:15 p.m. CT on ESPN3.

The Tigers own an 18-14 overall record and went 16-2 in Southwestern Athletic Conference action, winning the regular season crown by three games. Like TSU, Valpo also fell in the semifinals of its conference tournament. The Crusaders enter the NIT at 26-6 overall and 16-2 in Horizon League play.
The winner will face the winner of the Florida State-Davidson first-round game. Dates, times and sites for games in the second round and quarterfinals will be available as the tournament progresses. The semifinals will be held March 29 and the championship game March 31 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

TSU is making its third straight appearance in postseason play and its second trip to the NIT in the school’s history.  The Tigers fell to Colorado in 2011.  In 2014, they fell to Cal Poly in the First Four and last year eliminated in the NCAA Tournament to Arizona.

This marks the third time that the Crusaders have earned a spot in the postseason NIT, as Valpo previously lost in first-round action in 2003 at Iowa and in 2012 at Miami.UR This year is the sixth straight season that the Crusaders have advanced to postseason play.

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