1997 National Invitation Tournament

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1997 National Invitation Tournament
Teams 32
Finals site Madison Square Garden
New York City
Champions Michigan (Vacated) (2nd title)
Runner-up Florida State (1st title game)
Semifinalists
Winning coach Steve Fisher (1st title)
MVP Robert Traylor (Vacated) Michigan
National Invitation Tournaments
«1996 1998»

The 1997 National Invitation Tournament was the 1997 edition of the annual NCAA college basketball competition. Michigan's tournament victory was later vacated due to players Robert Traylor and Louis Bullock being ruled ineligible by the NCAA. Traylor also vacated his tournament Most Valuable Player award.

Selected teams[edit]

Below is a list of the 32 teams selected for the tournament.[1]

Participants
Arkansas
Bowling Green
Bradley
Connecticut
Drexel
Florida State
Fresno State
George Washington
Hawaii
Iona
Memphis
Miami (FL)
Michigan
Michigan State
NC State
Nebraska
Nevada
New Orleans
Northern Arizona
Notre Dame
Oklahoma State
Oral Roberts
Oregon
Pittsburgh
Southwest Missouri State
Syracuse
TCU
Tulane
UAB
UNLV
Washington
West Virginia

Brackets/Results[edit]

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

First Round Second Round Quarterfinals
                 
Michigan State 65
George Washington 50
Michigan State 63
Florida State 68
Florida State 82
Syracuse 67
Florida State 76
West Virginia 71
West Virginia 98
Bowling Green 95
West Virginia 76
NC State 73
NC State 77
SW Missouri State 66
First Round Second Round Quarterfinals
                 
Nevada 97
Fresno State 86
Nevada 68
Nebraska 78
Nebraska 67
Washington 63
Nebraska 67
Connecticut 76
Bradley 66
Drexel 53
Bradley 47
Connecticut 63
Connecticut 71
Iona 66
First Round Second Round Quarterfinals
                 
Michigan 76
Miami (FL) 63
Michigan 75
Oklahoma State 65
Oklahoma State 79
Tulane 72
Michigan 67
Notre Dame 66
Notre Dame 74
Oral Roberts 58
Notre Dame 82
TCU 72
TCU 85
UAB 62
First Round Second Round Quarterfinals
                 
UNLV 66
Memphis 62
UNLV 89
Hawaii 80
Hawaii 71
Oregon 61
UNLV 73
Arkansas 86
Arkansas 101
Northern Arizona 75
Arkansas 76
Pittsburgh 71
Pittsburgh 82
New Orleans 63

Semifinals & Finals[edit]

Semifinals Finals
           
Florida State 71
Connecticut 65
Florida State 73
Michigan 82
Michigan 77
Arkansas 62
Third place game
     
Connecticut 74
Arkansas 64

Michigan later forfeited its entire 1996–97 schedule after Robert Traylor, Maurice Taylor and Louis Bullock were found to have taken money from a Michigan booster.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tournament Results (1990's) at nit.org, URL accessed November 7, 2009. Archived 11/6/09