1971 National Invitation Tournament

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1971 National Invitation Tournament
Finals siteMadison Square Garden
New York City
ChampionsNorth Carolina Tar Heels (1st title)
Runner-upGeorgia Tech Yellow Jackets (1st title game)
Winning coachDean Smith (1st title)
MVPBill Chamberlain (North Carolina)
National Invitation Tournaments
«1970 1972»

The 1971 National Invitation Tournament was the 1971 edition of the annual NCAA college basketball competition. 1971 was unique because it was the only time that major rivals Duke and North Carolina had played each other after the ACC tournament until the 2022 NCAA Final Four clash. Eventual ACC member Georgia Tech also made the semis, and lost to North Carolina in the championship. The fourth semifinalist, St. Bonaventure, was playing its first season following the departure of All-American Bob Lanier, who led the Bonnies to the 1970 Final Four.

Selected teams[edit]

Below is a list of the 16 teams selected for the tournament.[1]


Below is the tournament bracket.[1]

First Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
North Carolina 90
Massachusetts 49
North Carolina 86
Providence 79
Providence 64
Louisville 58
North Carolina 73
Duke 69
Tennessee 84
St. John's 83
Tennessee 64
Duke 78
Duke 68
Dayton 60
North Carolina 84
Georgia Tech 66
Michigan 86
Syracuse 76
Michigan 70
Georgia Tech 78
Georgia Tech 70
La Salle 67
Georgia Tech 76
St. Bonaventure 71
St. Bonaventure 94
Purdue 79
St. Bonaventure 73
Hawaii 64
Hawaii 87
Oklahoma 86
Third place game
Duke 88
St. Bonaventure 92

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Tournament Results (1970's) at nit.org, URL accessed November 7, 2009. Archived 11/7/09