Austin Hollins hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 46.1 seconds left and Minnesota won the NIT championship Thursday night, beating SMU 65-63 to give the Pitino family its latest postseason tournament title.
Richard Pitino leads Minnesota into the title game Thursday night against 73-year-old Larry Brown and SMU at Madison Square Garden, a building both basketball junkies revere.
Markus Kennedy had 21 points, including the clinching three-point play, and SMU rallied from 13 down in the second half to beat Clemson 65-59 Tuesday night.
Clemson (23-13) meets SMU (26-9) in Tuesday’s first game, with Florida State (22-13) facing Minnesota (23-13) in the second. All the semifinalists won third-round games at home, with Minnesota’s eight-point win over Southern Mississippi the widest margin.
Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown is headed back to Madison Square Garden, this time taking his SMU Mustangs to the NIT semifinals after beating California 67-65.
SMU relied on one of the nation’s stingiest defenses to have the program’s best season since 1987-88. That defense got a boost from the Mustangs’ hot-shooting offense in the second half of an 80-67 victory against LSU.
Cannen Cunningham scored 17 points to lead SMU to a 68-54 victory Wednesday night over UC-Irvine in the first round of the NIT. They will next face LSU in the second round.
One of the first things SMU coach Larry Brown told his players after being left out of the NCAA tournament was that he didn’t want to hear any crying or complaining.
SMU and Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown are a top seed in the NIT, after being snubbed by the NCAA tournament selection committee. But will they even win the NIT championship?
Pierre Jackson finished his college career in style with his fourth straight double-double, leading Baylor to their first NIT title with a 74-54 win over Iowa on Thursday night.
Pierre Jackson earned Baylor another game, putting up his third straight double-double to lift the Bears into the NIT championship with a 76-70 win over BYU on Tuesday night.
Pierre Jackson had 20 points and 13 assists in his final home game for Baylor as the Bears beat Providence 79-68 in an NIT quarterfinal game Wednesday night.