1979 National Invitation Tournament

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1979 National Invitation Tournament
Season 1978–79
Teams 24
Finals site Madison Square Garden
New York City
Champions Indiana Hoosiers (1st title)
Runner-up Purdue Boilermakers (2nd title game)
Semifinalists
Winning coach Bob Knight (1st title)
MVP Butch Carter & Ray Tolbert (Indiana)
National Invitation Tournaments
«1978 1980»

The 1979 National Invitation Tournament was the 1979 edition of the annual NCAA college basketball competition. Indiana University defeated their rival Purdue University 53–52 in the championship game. Purdue appeared in the 1980 NCAA Men's Final Four while Indiana won the national championship at the 1981 NCAA Men's Final Four.

Selected teams[edit]

Below is a list of the 24 teams selected for the tournament.[1]

Participants
Alabama
Alcorn State
Central Michigan
Clemson
Dayton
Holy Cross
Indiana
Kentucky
Maryland
Mississippi State
Nevada
New Mexico
Northeast Louisiana
Ohio State
Old Dominion
Oregon State
Purdue
Rhode Island
Saint Joseph's
St. Bonaventure
Texas A&M
Texas Tech
Virginia
Wagner

Brackets[edit]

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

First Round Second Round Quarterfinals
         
Indiana 78
Texas Tech 59
Indiana 72
Alcorn State 68
Alcorn State 80
Mississippi State 78
Indiana
Ohio State
Maryland 67
Rhode Island 65
Maryland 72
Ohio State 79
Ohio State 80
Saint Joseph's 66
  • Indiana and Ohio State received byes to the Semifinals.
First Round Second Round Quarterfinals
         
Purdue 97
Central Michigan 80
Purdue 84
Dayton 70
Dayton 105
Holy Cross 81
Purdue 67
Old Dominion 59
Clemson 68
Kentucky 67
Clemson 59
Old Dominion 61
Old Dominion 83
Wagner 81
First Round Second Round Quarterfinals
         
Nevada 62
Oregon State 61
Nevada 64
Texas A&M 67
Texas A&M 79
New Mexico 68
Texas A&M 68
Alabama 72
Alabama 98
St. Bonaventure 89
Alabama 90
Virginia 88
Virginia 79
Northeast Louisiana 78

Semifinals & Finals[edit]

Semifinals Finals
      
Indiana 64
Ohio State 55
Indiana 53
Purdue 52
Purdue 87
Alabama 68
Third place game
   
Ohio State 86
Alabama 96

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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