1965 National Invitation Tournament

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1965 National Invitation Tournament
Teams14
Finals siteMadison Square Garden
New York City
ChampionsSt. John's Red Storm (4th title)
Runner-upVillanova Wildcats (1st title game)
Semifinalists
Winning coachJoe Lapchick (2nd title)
MVPKen McIntyre (St. John's)
National Invitation Tournaments
«1964 1966»

The National Invitation Tournament was originated by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association in 1938. Responsibility for its administration was transferred two years later to local colleges, first known as the Metropolitan Intercollegiate Basketball Committee and in 1948, as the Metropolitan Intercollegiate Basketball Association (MIBA), which comprised representatives from five New York City schools: Fordham University, Manhattan College, New York University, St. John's University, and Wagner College. Originally all of the teams qualifying for the tournament were invited to New York City, and all games were played at Madison Square Garden.

The tournament originally consisted of only 6 teams, which later expanded to 8 teams in 1941, 12 teams in 1949, 14 teams in 1965, 16 teams in 1968, 24 teams in 1979, 32 teams in 1980, and 40 teams from 2002 through 2006. In 2007, the tournament reverted to the current 32-team format.[1][2]

Selected teams[edit]

Below is a list of the 14 teams selected for the tournament.[3]

Participants
Army
Boston College
Bradley
Detroit
Fordham
La Salle
Manhattan
New Mexico
NYU
St. John's
Saint Louis
Texas Western
Villanova
Western Kentucky

Bracket[edit]

Below is the tournament bracket.[3]

  First Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                     
Manhattan 71  
Texas Western 53  
  Manhattan 71  
    Villanova 73  
     
       
  Villanova 91  
  NYU 69  
Detroit 93  
La Salle 86  
  Detroit 76
    NYU 87  
NYU 71
Bradley 70  
  Villanova 51
  St. John's 55
St. John's 114  
Boston College 92  
  St. John's 61
    New Mexico 54  
     
       
  St. John's 67
  Army 60  
Army 70  
Saint Louis 66  
  Army 58
    Western Kentucky 54  
Western Kentucky 57
Fordham 53  
Third place game
   
NYU 74
Army 75

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "USATODAY.com - NIT's postseason field cut to 32 teams".
  2. ^ "NIT Tournament Home". NCAA.com.
  3. ^ a b Tournament Results (1960's) at nit.org, URL accessed December 8, 2009. Archived 11/7/09