2014 National Invitation Tournament

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2014 National Invitation Tournament
Season 2013–14
Teams 32
Finals site Madison Square Garden
New York City
Champions Minnesota (3rd title)
Runner-up SMU (1st title game)
Semifinalists Clemson (3rd semifinal)
Florida State (2nd semifinal)
Winning coach Richard Pitino (1st title)
National Invitation Tournaments
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The 2014 National Invitation Tournament was a single-elimination tournament of 32 NCAA Division I teams that were not selected to participate in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. The annual tournament started on campus sites for the first 3 rounds, with the Final 4 and Championship game being held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The tournament began on Tuesday, March 18 and ended on Thursday, April 3. Minnesota won this tournament after being the 3rd Big Ten team in a row to make the NIT Finals (the two previous years a Big Ten team had lost the final game).

Participants[edit]

Automatic qualifiers[edit]

The following teams earned automatic berths into the 2014 NIT field having won their respective conference's regular season championship, but failing to win their conference tournament.

Conference Team Record
America East Vermont 22–10
Atlantic Sun Florida Gulf Coast 22–12
Big South High Point 16–14
Big West UC Irvine 23–11
C-USA Louisiana Tech 27–7
Horizon Green Bay 24–6
MAAC Iona 22–10
Northeast Robert Morris 21–13
Ohio Valley Belmont 24–9
Patriot Boston University 24–10
Southern Davidson 20–12
Sun Belt Georgia State 25–8
WAC Utah Valley 20–11

Southern from the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) was the league regular season champion and lost in their conference tournament but is ineligible for the NIT due to Academic Progress Rate (APR) sanctions.[1] No team from the SWAC received an NIT autobid.[citation needed]

Arizona (Pac-12), Cincinnati (American), Kansas (Big 12), Michigan (Big Ten), Saint Louis (Atlantic 10), San Diego State (Mountain West) and Villanova (Big East) received automatic bids to the NIT, but did not accept them as they were selected as at-large teams in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

Seeds[edit]

SMU Bracket
Seed School Conference Record Berth type
1 SMU American 23–9 At-large
2 California Pac-12 19–13 At-large
3 Arkansas SEC 21–11 At-large
4 San Francisco West Coast 21–11 At-large
5 LSU SEC 19–13 At-large
6 Indiana State MVC 23–10 At-large
7 Utah Valley WAC 20–11 Automatic
8 UC Irvine Big West 23–11 Automatic
St. John's Bracket
Seed School Conference Record Berth type
1 St. John's Big East 20–12 At-large
2 Illinois Big Ten 19–14 At-large
3 Clemson ACC 20–12 At-large
4 Green Bay Horizon 24–6 Automatic
5 Belmont Ohio Valley 24–9 Automatic
6 Georgia State Sun Belt 25–8 Automatic
7 Boston University Patriot 24–10 Automatic
8 Robert Morris Northeast 21–13 Automatic
Florida State Bracket
Seed School Conference Record Berth type
1 Florida State ACC 19–13 At-large
2 Georgia SEC 19–13 At-large
3 Louisiana Tech C-USA 27–7 Automatic
4 Georgetown Big East 17–14 At-large
5 West Virginia Big 12 17–15 At-large
6 Iona MAAC 22–10 Automatic
7 Vermont America East 22–10 Automatic
8 Florida Gulf Coast Atlantic Sun 22–12 Automatic
Minnesota Bracket
Seed School Conference Record Berth type
1 Minnesota Big Ten 20–13 At-large
2 Missouri SEC 22–11 At-large
3 Southern Miss C-USA 27–6 At-large
4 Saint Mary's West Coast 22–11 At-large
5 Utah Pac-12 21–11 At-large
6 Toledo MAC 27–6 At-large
7 Davidson Southern 20–12 Automatic
8 High Point Big South 16–14 Automatic

Bracket[edit]

Games are played at higher seed unless noted

First round
March 18–19
Second round
March 24
Quarterfinals
March 26
                 
1 SMU 68
8 UC Irvine 54
1 SMU 80
5 LSU 67
4 San Francisco 63
5 LSU 71
1 SMU 67
2 California 65
2 California 77
7 Utah Valley 64
2 California 75
3 Arkansas 64
3 Arkansas 91
6 Indiana State 71
First round
March 18–19
Second round
March 21, 23
Quarterfinals
March 25
                 
1 St. John's 78
8 Robert Morris 89
8 Robert Morris 71
5 Belmont 82
4 Green Bay 65
5 Belmont 80
5 Belmont 68
3 Clemson 73
2 Illinois 66
7 Boston University 62
2 Illinois 49
3 Clemson 50
3 Clemson 78
6 Georgia State 66

*#2 Illinois played at #7 Boston University and at #3 Clemson due to State Farm Center renovations.

First round
March 18–19
Second round
March 23
Quarterfinals
March 25
                 
1 Minnesota 88
8 High Point 81
1 Minnesota 63
4 Saint Mary's 55
4 Saint Mary's 70
5 Utah 58
1 Minnesota 81
3 Southern Miss 73
2 Missouri 85
7 Davidson 77
2 Missouri 63
3 Southern Miss 71
3 Southern Miss 66
6 Toledo 59
First round
March 18–19
Second round
March 22, 24
Quarterfinals
March 26
                 
1 Florida State 58
8 Florida Gulf Coast 53
1 Florida State 101
4 Georgetown 90
4 Georgetown 77
5 West Virginia 65
1 Florida State 78
3 Louisiana Tech 75
2 Georgia 63
7 Vermont 56
2 Georgia 71
3 Louisiana Tech 79
3 Louisiana Tech 89
6 Iona 88
Semifinals
April 1
Final
April 3
           
1 SMU 65
3 Clemson 59
1 SMU 63
1 Minnesota 65
1 Minnesota 67OT
1 Florida State 64

Media[edit]

ESPN has exclusive television rights to all NIT games. They aired every single game across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.[2] Since 2011 Westwood One has held exclusive radio rights to the semifinals and championship. In 2014, John Tautges and Kelly Tripucka will call these games for WestwoodOne.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Katz, Andy (March 1, 2014). "NCAA gives SWAC exemption". espn.com. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Men’s College Basketball: Exclusive Coverage of Every NIT Game across ESPN Networks". ESPN Media Zone. March 17, 2014. Retrieved March 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ "2014 National Invitation Tournament (NIT) Semifinals & Championship TV & Radio Schedule". Eye on Sky and Air Sports. March 29, 2014. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 

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