1997 National Invitation Tournament

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1997 National Invitation Tournament
Teams 32
Finals site Madison Square Garden
New York City
Champions Michigan*
title vacated (2nd title)
Runner-up Florida State (1st title game)
Semifinalists Connecticut (2nd semifinal)
Arkansas (1st semifinal)
Winning coach Steve Fisher (1st title)
MVP Robert Traylor*
award vacated Michigan
National Invitation Tournaments
«1996 1998»

The 1997 National Invitation Tournament was the 1997 edition of the annual NCAA college basketball competition. Michigan's tournament victory was later vacated due to players Robert Traylor and Louis Bullock being ruled ineligible by the NCAA. Traylor also vacated his tournament Most Valuable Player award.

Selected teams[edit]

Below is a list of the 32 teams selected for the tournament.[1]

Participants
UAB
Arkansas
Bowling Green
Bradley
Connecticut
Drexel
Florida State
Fresno State
George Washington
Hawaii
Iona
Memphis
Miami (FL)
Michigan
Michigan State
Nebraska
Nevada
UNLV
New Orleans
N.C. State
Northern Arizona
Notre Dame
Oklahoma State
Oral Roberts
Oregon
Pittsburgh
Southwest Missouri State
Syracuse
TCU
Tulane
Washington
West Virginia

Brackets/Results[edit]

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

First Round Second Round Quarterfinals
                 
  Michigan State 65
  George Washington 50
  Michigan State 63
  Florida State 68
  Florida State 82
  Syracuse 67
  Florida State 76
  West Virginia 71
  West Virginia 98
  Bowling Green 95
  West Virginia 76
  N.C. State 73
  N.C. State 77
  SW Missouri State 66
First Round Second Round Quarterfinals
                 
  Nevada 97
  Fresno State 86
  Nevada 68
  Nebraska 78
  Nebraska 67
  Washington 63
  Nebraska 67
  Connecticut 76
  Bradley 66
  Drexel 53
  Bradley 47
  Connecticut 63
  Connecticut 71
  Iona 66
First Round Second Round Quarterfinals
                 
  Michigan 76
  Miami (FL) 63
  Michigan 75
  Oklahoma State 65
  Oklahoma State 79
  Tulane 72
  Michigan 67
  Notre Dame 66
  Notre Dame 74
  Oral Roberts 58
  Notre Dame 82
  TCU 72
  TCU 85
  UAB 62
First Round Second Round Quarterfinals
                 
  UNLV 66
  Memphis 62
  UNLV 89
  Hawaii 80
  Hawaii 71
  Oregon 61
  UNLV 73
  Arkansas 86
  Arkansas 101
  Northern Arizona 75
  Arkansas 76
  Pittsburgh 71
  Pittsburgh 82
  New Orleans 63

Semifinals & Finals[edit]

Semifinals Finals
           
  Florida State 71
  Connecticut 65
  Florida State 73
  Michigan 82
  Michigan 77
  Arkansas 62
  • Third Place - Connecticut 74, Arkansas 64

Michigan later forfeited its entire 1996-97 schedule after Robert Traylor, Maurice Taylor and Louis Bullock were found to have taken money from a Michigan booster.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tournament Results (1990's) at nit.org, URL accessed November 7, 2009. Archived 11/6/09