Mississippi State and LSU earn NIT bids


They will host seventh-seeded Harvard on campus at the Al McGuire Center Wednesday at 6 p.m. The game will be on ESPN2.

Marquette (19-13, 9-9) lost to Villanova in the Big East tournament quarterfinals on Thursday.

A'Shanti Coleman's buzzer-beating putback against Nevada on Friday gave the Broncos a 62-60 victory in the Mountain West Tournament championship game, pushing their win streak to 10 games.

Sadly, that was where the excitement ended, as the Cornhuskers were blown out by MI in their first game of the conference tournament. The 32-team bracket is split into four groups of eight seeded No. 1 through No. 8.

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Notre Dame is another team to look at, as they came within single digits to CT when the teams played earlier in the season. If the Irish win, they will host either 8th seeded South Dakota St or 9th seeded Villanova in Sunday's 2nd round.

The Boise State men's basketball team will play Washington in the first round of the NIT this week.

Nebraska is one of six Big Ten teams in, joining Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio State. The Bulldogs feature four players who average double figures, including Quinndary Weatherspoon, who averaged 14.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game en route to second-team All-SEC honors. Overall this year, MSU is 22-11, it's most wins since having 21 in 2012.

Inside, freshman Kate Cain has made a major impact at both ends of the court for the Big Red. The game will also be live on ESPN 2. Cain's Big Ten-leading 100 blocks have smashed Nebraska's single-season school record and rank her among the top-five shot-blockers in the nation this season. They lost in Lincoln on the last day of the regular season.

NU, already disappointed at getting shut out of the NCAA tournament, learned Sunday night that the consolation tournament sent it to Starkville, Mississippi - where it defeated Mississippi State 76-72 in an exhibition game on October 22 - as a No. 5 seed for a rematch with the Bulldogs (22-11).

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Per the Bracket Matrix, Middle Tennessee is projected as one of the last at-large teams in the NCAA tournament field by a few sources, including Joe Lunardi of ESPN.

Nebraska is going to the NIT instead - but as a low seed.

No. 22 Arizona State was in the lead at 10-under, with No. 15 Clemson and Utah exhausted for second, both four strokes behind.

I was also vehemently opposed to Nebraska making the NCAA Tournament and I am glad they did not. The team gathered at Williams' house.

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The team is led by Kelsey Mitchell, who averages 24.5 points per game. (16.1), Reed Tellinghuisen (12.0) and Tevin King (9.3). Four players are averaging at least 9.3 points per game for South Dakota State , they are Mike Daum (10.4), David Jenkins Jr.