1965 National Invitation Tournament

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1965 National Invitation Tournament
Teams 14
Finals site Madison Square Garden
New York City
Champions St. John's (4th title)
Runner-up Villanova (1st title game)
  • Army (2nd semifinal)
  • NYU (5th semifinal)
Winning coach Joe Lapchick (2nd title)
MVP Ken 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]

Boston College
La Salle
New Mexico
St. John's
Saint Louis
Texas Western
Western Kentucky


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 - Army 75, NYU 74


  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