1970 National Invitation Tournament

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1970 National Invitation Tournament
Teams 16
Finals site Madison Square Garden
New York City
Champions Marquette (1st title)
Runner-up St. John's (7th title game)
Semifinalists Army (5th semifinal)
LSU (1st semifinal)
Winning coach Al McGuire (1st title)
MVP Dean Meminger Marquette
National Invitation Tournaments
«1969 1971»

The 1970 National Invitation Tournament was unique in that coach Al McGuire of Marquette University, unhappy with his team's placement, turned down a bid to the NCAA tournament and elected to play in the NIT instead.[1] His Marquette Warriors went on to claim the championship.

This tournament represented the final college games for LSU great Pete Maravich, the NCAA's all-time leading scorer. Maravich finished his three-year career with 3,667 points, 44.2 per game, records which stand as of the 2008-09 season, despite the reinstitution of freshman eligibility and the introduction of the shot clock and 3-point shot. It was LSU's only postseason appearance between 1954 and 1979.

Selected teams[edit]

Participants
Army
Cincinnati
Duke
Duquesne
Georgetown
Georgia Tech
LSU
Louisville
Manhattan
Marquette
Massachusetts
Miami (OH)
North Carolina
Oklahoma
St. John's
Utah

Brackets/Results[edit]

First Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                       
Manhattan 95
North Carolina 90
Manhattan 72
Army 77
Army 72
Cincinnati 67
Army 59
St. John's 60
Georgia Tech 78
Duquesne 68
Georgia Tech 55
St. John's 56
St. John's 70
Miami (OH) 57
St. John's 53
Marquette 65
Marquette 62
Massachusetts 55
Marquette 83
Utah 63
Utah 78
Duke 75
Marquette 101
LSU 79
Oklahoma 74
Louisville 73
Oklahoma 94
LSU 97
LSU 83
Georgetown 82
  • Third Place - Army 75, LSU 68

References[edit]

  1. ^ Al McGuire, 72, Coach, TV Analyst and Character, Dies - New York Times