1998 National Invitation Tournament

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1998 National Invitation Tournament
Season 1997–98
Teams 32
Finals site Madison Square Garden
New York City
Champions Minnesota*
title vacated (2nd title)
Runner-up Penn State (1st title game)
Semifinalists Georgia (2nd semifinal)
Fresno State (2nd semifinal)
Winning coach Clem Haskins (2nd title)
MVP Kevin Clark*
award vacated Minnesota
National Invitation Tournaments
«1997 1999»

The 1998 National Invitation Tournament was the 1997 edition of the annual NCAA college basketball competition. Minnesota's tournament victory was vacated as a result of numerous NCAA violations, including academic fraud, that took place under coach Clem Haskins. Kevin Clark 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
Arizona State
Auburn
Ball State
Colorado State
Creighton
Dayton
Florida
Fresno State
Georgetown
Georgia
Georgia Tech
Gonzaga
Hawaii
Iowa
Kansas State
LIU
Marquette
Memphis
Minnesota
Missouri
N.C. State
UNC-Wilmington
Pacific
Penn State
Rider
St. Bonaventure
Seton Hall
Southern Mississippi
Vanderbilt
Wake Forest
Wyoming

Brackets/Results[edit]

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

First Round Second Round Quarterfinals
                 
  Wake Forest 56
  UNC-Wilmington 52
  Wake Forest 68
  Vanderbilt 72
  Vanderbilt 73
  St. Bonaventure 61
  Vanderbilt 65
  Georgia 79
  Georgia 100
  Iowa 93
  Georgia 61
  N.C. State 55
  N.C. State 59
  Kansas State 39
First Round Second Round Quarterfinals
                 
  Penn State 82
  Rider 68
  Penn State 77
  Dayton 74
  Dayton 95
  LIU 92
  Penn State 77
  Georgia Tech 70
  Georgetown 71
  Florida 69
  Georgetown 79
  Georgia Tech 80
  Georgia Tech 88
  Seton Hall 70
First Round Second Round Quarterfinals
                 
  Hawaii 90
  Arizona State 73
  Hawaii 78
  Gonzaga 70
  Gonzaga 69
  Wyoming 55
  Hawaii 83
  Fresno State 85
  Fresno State 73
  Pacific 70
  Fresno State 83
  Memphis 80
  Memphis 90
  Ball State 67
First Round Second Round Quarterfinals
                 
  Marquette 80
  Creighton 68
  Marquette 75
  Auburn 60
  Auburn 77
  Southern Mississippi 62
  Marquette 71
  Minnesota 73
  Minnesota 77
  Colorado State 65
  Minnesota 79
  UAB 66
  UAB 93
  Missouri 86

Semifinals & Finals[edit]

Semifinals Finals
           
  Georgia 60
  Penn State 66
  Penn State 72
  Minnesota 79
  Fresno State 89
  Minnesota 91
  • Third Place - Georgia 95, Fresno State 79

Minnesota later forfeited its entire 1997-98 schedule due to an academic fraud scandal.

References[edit]

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