2007 National Invitation Tournament

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2007 National Invitation Tournament
Finals siteMadison Square Garden
New York City
ChampionsWest Virginia Mountaineers (2nd title)
Runner-upClemson Tigers (2nd title game)
Winning coachJohn Beilein (1st title)
MVPFrank Young (West Virginia)
National Invitation Tournaments
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The 2007 National Invitation Tournament was a single-elimination tournament of 32 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I teams which did not participate in the 2007 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. The West Virginia University Mountaineers won the 2007 NIT.

The participating teams were selected by the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) selection committee using numerous resources such as computer rankings, results (head-to-head, chronological, last 10 games played, non-conference), and polls.[1] The first round, second round, and quarterfinal games are held at the home court of the higher seed. The semifinal and final round are played at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. The 32 participating teams were announced on March 11, 2007.[2] This is the first time since the NIT began seeding that all of the #1 seeds made the Final Four. Not only that, but both of the semifinal matches between the #1 seeds were one point games.

Selected teams[edit]

Thirty-two NCAA Division I teams participated in the 2007 NIT, reduced from the prior years' 40.[3] Teams are chosen by the NIT selection committee based on numerous resources, including "computer rankings, head-to-head results, chronological results, Division I results, non-conference results, home and away results, results in the last 10 games, polls and the coaches' regional advisory committee's rankings".[1] The teams are then seeded according to the NIT's procedures for seeding teams. The teams are then placed into four regions: East, South, West, and North.[1][4]

East Region
Seed School Conference Record Berth type
1 West Virginia Big East 22–9 At-large bid
2 Oklahoma State Big 12 22–12 At-large bid
3 Drexel CAA 23–8 At-large bid
4 Massachusetts A-10 23–8 At-large bid
5 Alabama SEC 20–11 At-large bid
6 NC State ACC 18–15 At-large bid
7 Marist MAAC 24–8 Automatic
8 Delaware State MEAC 21–12 Automatic
South Region
Seed School Conference Record Berth type
1 Clemson ACC 21–10 At-large bid
2 Syracuse Big East 22–10 At-large bid
3 Missouri State MVC 22–10 At-large bid
4 Mississippi SEC 20–12 At-large bid
5 Appalachian State SoCon 25–7 At-large bid
6 San Diego State MWC 21–10 At-large bid
7 South Alabama Sun Belt 20–11 Automatic
8 East Tennessee State A-Sun 24–9 Automatic
West Region
Seed School Conference Record Berth type
1 Air Force MWC 23–8 At-large bid
2 Kansas State Big 12 22–11 At-large bid
3 DePaul Big East 18–13 At-large bid
4 Georgia SEC 18–13 At-large bid
5 Fresno State WAC 22–9 At-large bid
6 Hofstra CAA 22–9 At-large bid
7 Vermont America East 25–7 Automatic
8 Austin Peay OVC 21–11 Automatic
North Region
Seed School Conference Record Berth type
1 Mississippi State SEC 18–13 At-large bid
2 Florida State ACC 20–12 At-large bid
3 Michigan Big Ten 21–12 At-large bid
4 Bradley MVC 21–12 At-large bid
5 Providence Big East 18–12 At-large bid
6 Utah State WAC 23–11 At-large bid
7 Toledo MAC 19–12 Automatic
8 Mississippi Valley State SWAC 18–15 Automatic

First round[edit]

The first round took place on March 13, 2007, and March 14, 2007. The higher-seeded team hosted each game.[2]

March 13, 2007
Region Home Team Score Away Team Venue
North Mississippi State Bulldogs 82–63 Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils Humphrey ColiseumStarkville, MS
North Michigan Wolverines 68–58 Utah State Aggies Crisler ArenaAnn Arbor, MI
North Florida State Seminoles 77–61 Toledo Rockets Donald L. Tucker CenterTallahassee, FL
East West Virginia Mountaineers 74–50 Delaware State Hornets WVU ColiseumMorgantown, WV
East Massachusetts Minutemen 89–87 Alabama Crimson Tide Mullins CenterAmherst, MA
East Drexel Dragons 56–63 NC State Wolfpack Daskalakis Athletic CenterPhiladelphia, PA
East Oklahoma State Cowboys 64–67 Marist Red Foxes Gallagher-Iba ArenaStillwater, OK
March 14, 2007
Region Home Team Score Away Team Venue
North Bradley Braves 90–78 Providence Friars Carver ArenaPeoria, IL
West Air Force Falcons 75–51 Austin Peay Governors Clune ArenaColorado Springs, CO
West Georgia Bulldogs 88–78 Fresno State Bulldogs Stegeman ColiseumAthens, GA
West DePaul Blue Demons 83–71 Hofstra Pride McGrath ArenaChicago, IL[5][6]
West Kansas State Wildcats 59–57 Vermont Catamounts Bramlage ColiseumManhattan, KS
South Clemson Tigers 64–57 East Tennessee State Buccaneers Littlejohn ColiseumClemson, SC
South Ole Miss Rebels 73–59 Appalachian State Mountaineers Tad Smith ColiseumOxford, MS
South Missouri State Bears 70–74 San Diego State Aztecs Hammons Student CenterSpringfield, MO
South Syracuse Orange 79–73 South Alabama Jaguars Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY

Second round[edit]

The second round took place March 15, 2007, through March 19, 2007. The higher-seeded team hosted the game.[2]

Second Round
Date Region Home Team Score Away Team Venue
3/15 North Florida State Seminoles 87–66 Michigan Wolverines Donald L. Tucker CenterTallahassee, FL
3/15 East West Virginia Mountaineers 90–77 Massachusetts Minutemen WVU ColiseumMorgantown, WV
3/16 East NC State Wolfpack 69–62 Marist Red Foxes Reynolds ColiseumRaleigh, NC*
3/17 North Mississippi State Bulldogs 101–72 Bradley Braves Humphrey ColiseumStarkville, MS
3/19 West Air Force Falcons 83–52 Georgia Bulldogs Clune ArenaColorado Springs, CO
3/19 West Kansas State Wildcats 65–70 DePaul Blue Demons Bramlage ColiseumManhattan, KS
3/19 South Clemson Tigers 89–68 Ole Miss Rebels Littlejohn ColiseumClemson, SC
3/19 South Syracuse Orange 80–64 San Diego State Aztecs Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY

*Under normal circumstances, the RBC Center would be used as NC State's home court, but a concert was scheduled that night at that facility, forcing the Wolfpack to use their older arena (still regularly in use for women's basketball), Reynolds Coliseum. A new attendance record for a NIT game was set at the Syracuse–San Diego State game in the Carrier Dome. Syracuse won the game 80–64 with the attendance total of 26,752.The old record of 23,522 was set by Kentucky in 1979.


The quarterfinals round took place March 20, 2007, and March 21, 2007. (March 22 was reserved as a backup date in case of scheduling conflicts, but none arose.) The higher-seeded team hosted each game.[2]

Date Region Home Team Score Away Team Venue
3/20 East West Virginia Mountaineers 71–66 NC State Wolfpack WVU ColiseumMorgantown, WV
3/20 North Mississippi State Bulldogs 86–71 Florida State Seminoles Humphrey ColiseumStarkville, MS
3/21 West Air Force Falcons 52–51 DePaul Blue Demons Clune ArenaColorado Springs, CO
3/21 South Clemson Tigers 74–70 Syracuse Orange Littlejohn ColiseumClemson, SC


The semifinals round took place March 27, 2007 at Madison Square Garden.[2]

Date Winner Score Opponent Venue
3/27 West Virginia Mountaineers 63–62 Mississippi State Bulldogs Madison Square GardenNew York, NY
3/27 Clemson Tigers 68–67 Air Force Falcons Madison Square GardenNew York, NY


The finals round took place March 29, 2007 at Madison Square Garden.[2]

Date Winner Score Opponent Venue
3/29 West Virginia Mountaineers 78–73 Clemson Tigers Madison Square GardenNew York, NY

The post-tournament celebration by the Mountaineers was overshadowed by a typographical error on the championship T-shirt, on which the school name was rendered as WEST VIRGINA.[7] The vendor, 6th Man Sportswear, apologized for this mistake, and corrected the spelling for all T-shirts except those 25 printed for the team in preparation for a victory.[8]


East Region[edit]

First Round Second Round Quarterfinals
1 West Virginia 74
8 Delaware State 50
1 West Virginia 90
4 Massachusetts 77
4 Massachusetts 89
5 Alabama 87
1 West Virginia 71
6 North Carolina State 66
3 Drexel 56
6 North Carolina State 63
6 North Carolina State 69
7 Marist 62
2 Oklahoma State 64
7 Marist 67

South Region[edit]

First Round Second Round Quarterfinals
1 Clemson 64
8 East Tennessee State 57
1 Clemson 89
4 Mississippi 68
4 Mississippi 73
5 Appalachian State 59
1 Clemson 74
2 Syracuse 70
3 Missouri State 70
6 San Diego State 74
6 San Diego State 64
2 Syracuse 80
2 Syracuse 79
7 South Alabama 73

West Region[edit]

First Round Second Round Quarterfinals
1 Air Force 75
8 Austin Peay 51
1 Air Force 83
4 Georgia 52
4 Georgia 88
5 Fresno State 78
1 Air Force 52
3 DePaul 51
3 DePaul 83
6 Hofstra 71
3 DePaul 70
2 Kansas State 65
2 Kansas State 59
7 Vermont 57

North Region[edit]

First Round Second Round Quarterfinals
1 Mississippi State 82
8 Miss. Valley State 63
1 Mississippi State 101
4 Bradley 72
4 Bradley 90
5 Providence 78
1 Mississippi State 86
2 Florida State 71
3 Michigan 68
6 Utah State 58
3 Michigan 66
2 Florida State 87
2 Florida State 77
7 Toledo 61

Semifinals and Finals[edit]

Semifinals Finals
1 West Virginia 63
1 Mississippi State 62
1 West Virginia 78
1 Clemson 73
1 Clemson 68
1 Air Force 67

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "National Invitation Tournament (NIT) Principles and Procedures for Establishing the Bracket". National Invitation Tournament. Archived from the original on 2007-01-17. Retrieved 2007-03-12.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "70th Annual National Invitation Tournament". National Invitation Tournament. Archived from the original on 2007-01-13. Retrieved 2007-03-12.
  3. ^ "N.I.T. Sets Its Field of 32". Associated Press. 2007-03-12. Archived from the original on June 5, 2015. Retrieved 2007-03-12.
  4. ^ "National Invitation Tournament". National Invitation Tournament. Archived from the original on 9 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-12.
  5. ^ DePaul normally plays non-exhibition games at Allstate Arena, but due to a scheduling conflict, DePaul played on campus at McGrath Arena.
  6. ^ Lew Freedman (2007-03-11). "NIT's fine with DePaul". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2007-03-13.
  7. ^ "Typo creates controversy at 'West Virgina'". ESPN.com. 2007-03-30. Retrieved 2007-04-03.
  8. ^ "'West Virgina' NIT Tournament Champions Tee Shirt: If 'I' Did It". 6thManSportswear.com. Archived from the original on 2007-04-10. Retrieved 2007-04-03.