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More SEC Men’s Hoops Teams In NIT Action

By on March 19th, 2014

Two more SEC teams will be in NIT first round action tonight.

The Georgia Bulldogs earned an at-large berth in the 2014 National Invitation Tournament and will host Vermont in the first round Wednesday night. The Bulldogs (19-13, 12-6) will make their 12th appearance in the NIT and have gone 11-11 in previous NIT’s.  The Bulldogs are a two seed; Vermont is a seven seed.  Georgia lost 70-58 to the Kentucky Wildcats in the semifinals of the SEC tournament.

“We feel excited to be a part of the NIT, and obviously had a goal of advancing to the NCAA tournament. But in falling short of that, we’re certainly honored to be a part of a prestigious tournament,” Bulldogs head coach Mark Fox said.

Tipoff is set for 8:00 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNU.

The LSU Tigers will travel to San Francisco to face the San Francisco Dons. The game marks the first meeting between both teams; LSU is a five seed while San Francisco is a four seed.  LSU (19-13, 9-9) lost to the Kentucky Wildcats 85-67 in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals.

“We’re excited to be in the field of 32 in the NIT. We certainly had a goal early on in the beginning of the season of making it into the NCAA Tournament, and thought we fell a few games short of putting ourselves in position to be in that tournament,” LSU head coach Johnny Jones said.

Tip-off is set for 10:00 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNU.

Arkansas and Missouri both advanced in the NIT after victories Tuesday night.

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