Indiana to open NIT as No. 3 seed in Atlanta against Georgia Tech

  • 03/12/2017 8:50 pm in

After not being selected for the NCAA tournament for the second time in four seasons, Indiana will play in the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) for the first time since 2005.

The Hoosiers, the No. 3 seed in the Syracuse Quadrant, will open the NIT on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN at Georgia Tech.

The ESPNU broadcast said that Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall is not available due to renovations. However, an IU spokesperson says that Indiana will not host due to students being out of town for spring break. Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall would be available to host future games, if the Hoosiers advance and are the higher seed and the game is played March 20 or later.

Indiana’s last NIT appearance in 2005 ended in a first round, 67-60 loss to Vanderbilt in Bloomington. Here’s a link to the full NIT bracket.

Two other Big Ten teams – Iowa and Illinois – also received NIT bids.

Seven Big Ten teams earned NCAA tournament bids this season: Purdue, Minnesota, Maryland, Michigan, Wisconsin, Northwestern and Michigan State.

Indiana is 18-15 overall and lost to Wisconsin 70-60 on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C.

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  • TomJameson

    They plan renovations around spring break because … wait for it … the kids are gone on spring break. Ask yourselves when is the best time for renovations, when thousands of kids are on campus, or when they are not.

    Pretty simple. Don’t need any conspiracy theories for that one.

  • TomJameson

    Up-voting because that’s a cool post!

  • INUnivHoosier2

    Annoying.

    And how is Wisconsin an 8 seed while Minnesota is a 5?

  • pcantidote

    Except that, wait for it, the students don’t use Assembly Hall to any meaningful extent, and except that wait for it, they have all summer.

  • TomJameson

    You looked it up, so you know. But the way it works is the NIT sends the acceptance contract to a ton of colleges. If that program gets a NCAA invite, of course that’s where they go. But if not, they are obligated to take the NIT bid … if it comes.

    Just because a BB program agrees to the NIT invite, doesn’t guarantee an invite. IU loses a couple more games, and they wouldn’t have even gotten the NIT bid.

    You all remember when the NIT used to be the premier post season tourney?

  • SCHoosier

    Not sure what will motivate the Hoosiers in this one..especially a road game with Blackmon and Bryant likely “looking ahead.”

  • SCHoosier

    How about more commercial time?? that’s a good reason if it keeps key games off pay TV. (which is where the pro team owners and the college conference people want it to go. Watch IU..pay per game.

  • GaHoosier

    IS ANYONE GOING TO THE GAME?

    My seats are in section 114.

  • GaHoosier

    Sorry didn’t mean to reply to your post.

  • GaHoosier

    IS ANYONE GOING TO THE GAME?

    My seats are in section 114.

  • TomJameson

    Okay, wasn’t trying to be a smart a$$, just didn’t do a good job of not being one.

    My point wasn’t that thousands of students were in AH, but that with them even being on campus, creates confusion.

    Taking what Glass said at face value, and not calling him a liar, I’m pretty sure these renovations plans weren’t made two days ago. Should all renovation plans be on hold until IU sees the NIT schedule? I don’t think that will ever happen.

    I just refuse to jump to the conclusion that Glass is being dishonest. I believe that if he didn’t want to play in the NIT, he wouldn’t have signed the acceptance contract. Not all schools accept it.

  • pcantidote

    No worries, I’m not good at not being one either, and thus we clash here form time to time. I am not trying to ascribe anything devious or malicious to Glass, just that he might have ulterior motives. As I said elsewhere, if he is doing so CTC doesn’t have to experience the ugliness on his way out, then I admire him for it.

  • mharv2631

    I hate pro ball and I wish the NCAA would stop trying to make it like pro ball!
    All you gets a pick and roll and a shot. BORING

  • pcantidote

    Agreed, in my book Michigan and Wisconsin should be ahead of Minnesota and Maryland.

  • AndyCapp

    The NBA game is one of the LEAST creative sports on the planet. It’s 40 minutes of set offensive plays VERY sporadically broken up by soft defense. It’s as predictable as the sun rising in the morning. Only pro baseball is more boring to watch day-in, day-out.

  • “Soft” defense. You do understand that the speed and spacing added to the most athletically gifted basketball players on earth, make it difficult to play defense? So a guy like Kawhi Leonard is just simply amazing to stand out like he does.

  • ArghSonOfOhCrap

    So true AJ. I think it’s intentional to give a lack luster ending So there will be little motivation to keep CTC as well they are afraid of fans booing the team. MHO

    I think they are misreading? what the fans want the fans want a competitive team year-end and year out I can win the Big Ten and challenge for a national title. Most fans like me love CTC as a coach and think that he has done a very good job. But the fans don’t believe that Coach Crean can achieve that and it has nothing to do with their love of the players at Indiana.

  • AndyCapp

    It’s boring to watch. You were the one who likened it as being “creative”. It is wholly more predictable than creative, almost to the point of being anti-creative. Lots of sports, pro or college, have athletically gifted players. Most of these other sports are infinitely more appealing to watch. Go love your NBA, there are very few sports I enjoy watching less.

  • IdahoHoosier

    John, you going to NCAA tourney in SLC? I’ll be there!

  • yaman22

    Really just an observation, Hanner needed to go.
    I would have been ok with Emmitt staying.
    Kansas had a lot of discipline problems this year,
    no one got kicked off their team.
    And Louisville and North Carolina did a lot worse than
    making too many phone calls.

  • John D Murphy

    No. Hope you have fun. The train drops right across from the arena so it super easy in and out. I would recommend parking at one of the TRAX stations and taking the train in unless you are staying downtown. The downtown trains have a free zone (check the TRAX map) so you can eat downtown and then take the train out.

  • IdahoHoosier

    Thanks, appreciate the info! Liking the lineup I’ll get to see. Northwestern in their first tourney, Zags, Arizona. Should be a lot of fun.

  • Piker

    You are too logical….

  • Dave Carnes

    Roses red the future is black ,My team sucks now I’m hitting the sack

  • LeeTimmer

    From beginning the season as a potential Final Four team to the NIT. It’s sad when you find yourself longing for the good ol’ days of Mike Davis. At least HIS team in playing in the NCAA tourney.

  • AZMBNZ

    This is the kind of rant that makes me seriously question the intelligence of some of the IU fanbase. There is no hope to be elite again with these kinds of fans.

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