March 23, 2017
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech (20-15) will face CSU Bakersfield (25-9) in its first National Invitation Tournament semifinal game in 46 years next Tuesday night, March 28, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The game tips at 7 p.m. and will be nationally televised on ESPN and broadcast on the Tech IMG Radio Network (680 the Fan and 93.7 FM in Atlanta).
The Yellow Jackets last reached the semifinals in 1971, when the entire NIT was staged at Madison Square Garden, and defeated St. Bonaventure in overtime before falling to North Carolina in the championship game. Tech advanced by defeating Indiana (75-63) and Belmont (71-57) at home before defeating Ole Miss, 74-66, Tuesday night in Oxford, Miss.
CSU Bakersfield is the first No. 8 seed to reach the final four of the NIT. The Roadrunners, which won the regular-season championship of the Western Athletic Conference and earned an automatic bid to the NIT, have won all three of their NIT games on the road to reach the final four. Bakersfield defeated UT Arlington, 80-76, Wednesday night after winning at California (73-66) and Colorado State (81-63).
The other semifinal game will pit a pair of No. 4 seeds in Central Florida (24-11) against TCU (22-15) at 9 p.m. next Tuesday night (ESPN). The Knights advanced by downing Illinois, 68-58, Wednesday night, while the Horned Frogs defeated Richmond, 86-68, on Tuesday.
The semifinal winners will meet for the NIT championship at 8 p.m. Thursday night, March 30, also on ESPN.
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