1979 National Invitation Tournament

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1979 National Invitation Tournament
Season 1978–79
Teams 24
Finals site Madison Square Garden
New York City
Champions Indiana (1st title)
Runner-up Purdue (2nd title game)
Semifinalists Alabama (3rd semifinal)
Ohio State (1st semifinal)
Winning coach Bob Knight (1st title)
MVP Butch Carter & Ray Tolbert Indiana
National Invitation Tournaments
«1978 1980»

The 1979 National Invitation Tournament was the 1979 edition of the annual NCAA college basketball competition. Indiana University defeated their rival Purdue University 53-52 in the championship game. Purdue would appear in the 1980 NCAA Men's Final Four while Indiana would go on to win the national championship at the 1981 NCAA Men's Final Four.

Selected teams[edit]

Below is a list of the 24 teams selected for the tournament.[1]

Alcorn State
Central Michigan
Holy Cross
Mississippi State
New Mexico
Northeast Louisiana
Ohio State
Old Dominion
Oregon State
Rhode Island
St. Bonaventure
St. Joseph's
Texas A&M
Texas Tech


Below are the three first round brackets, along with the four-team championship bracket.[1]

First Round Second Round Quarterfinals
  Indiana 78
  Texas Tech 59
  Indiana 72
  Alcorn State 68
  Alcorn State 80
  Mississippi State 78
  Ohio State
  Maryland 67
  Rhode Island 65
  Maryland 72
  Ohio State 79
  Ohio State 80
  St. Joseph's 66
  • Indiana and Ohio State received byes to the Semifinals.
First Round Second Round Quarterfinals
  Purdue 97
  Central Michigan 80
  Purdue 84
  Dayton 70
  Dayton 105
  Holy Cross 81
  Purdue 67
  Old Dominion 59
  Clemson 68
  Kentucky 67
  Clemson 59
  Old Dominion 61
  Old Dominion 83
  Wagner 81
First Round Second Round Quarterfinals
  Nevada 62
  Oregon State 61
  Nevada 64
  Texas A&M 67
  Texas A&M 79
  New Mexico 68
  Texas A&M 68
  Alabama 72
  Alabama 98
  St. Bonaventure 89
  Alabama 90
  Virginia 88
  Virginia 79
  Northeast Louisiana 78

Semifinals & Finals[edit]

Semifinals Finals
  Indiana 64
  Ohio State 55
  Indiana 53
  Purdue 52
  Purdue 87
  Alabama 68
  • Third Place - Alabama 96, Ohio State 86


  1. ^ a b Tournament Results (1970's) at nit.org, URL accessed November 7, 2009. Archived 11/7/09