Home » Conference Notes » Currently Reading:

NIT First Round Wrap-up

March 20, 2002 Conference Notes No Comments

NIT First Round Wrap-Up

by Phil Kasiecki

NIT first round action concluded on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with the lone game on Saturday being played due to travel issues. Thursday night’s games featured mostly blowouts, with one game that came down to the end.

All of Friday night’s games all went to mid-majors over high-majors, suggesting that the mid-majors are trying to make a statement in the NIT. Another big trend is that teams shooting better from the field are winning most games, as most of the games have had low turnover totals or differentials, and few close games have featured a team getting many second chances to win or stay close despite poor shooting. Another fundamental, free throw shooting, has proven to be a key in a few games as well.

In the lone thriller of Thursday night, Yale picked up its first postseason win by holding off Rutgers, 67-65 in an ugly game in Piscataway. The Bulldogs led for most of the second half, but needed a late steal by Edwin Draughan (team-high 15 points) to seal the game. Both teams had balanced scoring, as four players on each team reached double figures.

In the most highly anticipated matchup of the first round, Butler pulled away from Bowling Green 81-69 in a game that featured a lot of offense. Both teams shot better than 50 percent from the field, and they combined for 19 turnovers. Butler had just six of those turnovers, and they got the free throw line more en route to the victory. The win spoiled a career-high 31 points for Bowling Green’s Len Matela. Ryan Hainje led the victors with 28 points.

On Friday, Ball State closed the game against St. Joseph’s with a 24-6 run in the final 10:18 to knock off the Hawks by a 76-54 margin. The Cardinals were red hot from downtown, making 11 of 23 three-pointers, while they held the Hawks to 31.3% shooting from the field. The Hawks finished a disappointing season with a home loss and losses in three of their final four games. Ball State, meanwhile, moved on to play LSU in the second round.

Tennessee Tech continued to win, knocking off Dayton with better execution in the final minutes, 68-59. The Golden Eagles shot better from the field and were automatic at the free throw line, including the final minutes when they iced the game after breaking a tie at 55. They made five of six from the charity stripe in the final minute. Next up for Tennessee Tech is Yale.

In the final game of Friday night, Louisiana Tech shot 59 percent from the field and held Vanderbilt to just 39 percent shooting en route to an 83-68 win over the Commodores. They’ll need to repeat this effort in the second round against a Villanova team that is capable of shooting the lights out. Louisiana Tech also dominated Vanderbilt on the backboards.

On Saturday night, Richmond used hot shooting to knock off Montana State, 63-48. The Spiders shot nearly 54% from the field while holding the Bobcats to just 40% shooting from the field. They Spiders got 21 points from Reggie Brown in advancing to the second round for the second year in a row, facing Minnesota. This game was supposed to be played Friday night, but Montana State was not able to make travel arrangements.

We’ll have a preview of the Second Round matchups tomorrow.

Comment on this Article:

Subscribe to Hoopville

Enter your email address to subscribe to Hoopville


Hoopville Archives

College Basketball Tonight

We hope you enjoyed COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT during the 2016 NCAA Tournament. COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT is a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran college basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis, along with co-hosts Mike Jarvis and Terry O'Connor, both former Division I coaches. It also included many great guests, including Hoopville's own Phil Kasiecki.

The show aired on AM 710 WOR in New York City on Sunday evenings starting with Selection Sunday and running through the NCAA Tournament.

Here are links to the shows:

March 13, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 20, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 27, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

April 3, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

Everybody Needs a Head Coach

Former college basketball coach Mike Jarvis has a new book out, Everybody Needs a Head Coach.

"As you read this book, I hope that Coach Jarvis' experiences inspire you to find your purpose in life."
-Patrick Ewing, NBA Hall of Fame center

"Mike Jarvis' is one of my special friends. I am so pleased that he has taken the time to write this fabulous book."
-Mike Krzyzewski, Five-time NCAA championship head coach, Duke Blue Devils

"In reading this book, I can see that Mike hasn't lost his edge or his purpose. Readers should take a look at what he has to say."
-Jim Calhoun, Three-time NCAA champion, UConn Men's basketball

Review on Hoopville coming soon!

Coaching Changes and NBA Draft Early Entrants

The coaching carousel is moving. Keep track of the latest coaching changes right here on Hoopville.

Also, keep track of players who have declared early for the NBA Draft.

Hoopville Podcasts

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 27, 2017

April 27, 2017 by

In our latest podcast, the business of college sports, as well as that of sports media, takes center stage. We talk about the layoffs at ESPN, college basketball’s opening night, and Wichita State’s departure from the Missouri Valley Conference. We close with thoughts on a departed friend of the media business as well.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 11, 2017

April 11, 2017 by

In our first off-season edition, we look back on the season that just ended, including redemption for one team and a big development for a conference that has had more questions than success on the hardwood. We also look at players coming and going, as well as big coaching news on a day where there was a lot of it.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 3, 2017

April 4, 2017 by

We look back at Monday’s national championship game, which was not a thing of beauty but had plenty of drama. Along the way we share some post-game quotes from both coaches.

College Basketball Tonight – April 2, 2017

April 3, 2017 by

In our Final Four special edition, three head coaches join us to offer their insights on the Final Four, as well as their own programs.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 2, 2017

April 2, 2017 by

In our latest podcast, we talk about the national semifinal contests and then look ahead to an intriguing matchup for the national championship that is ahead of us on Monday night.

Phil Kasiecki on Twitter

Recruiting Coverage

Notes from a day at the 2017 Northeast Hoops Festival

April 11, 2017 by

The Northeast Hoops Festival helped bring in the new spring travel season in New England, and we have notes from some of Saturday’s action.

2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

September 12, 2016 by

We look back at the 2016 Boston Back to School Showcase, where a couple of Boston City League teams were among the most impressive on the day.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

June 28, 2016 by

We look back at the championship games of the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, which had a big local flavor as one might have expected.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale preview

June 24, 2016 by

We look ahead to the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, held at a familiar location in Boston.

At the 2016 Boston Shootout, host BABC has a big day

June 8, 2016 by

Sunday was a big day for the host program at the 44th Boston Shootout