Georgia to host Vermont in NIT
by MDJ staff and wire reports
March 17, 2014 04:00 AM | 1306 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mark Fox took the NCAA tournament committee to task on Saturday saying the Bulldogs were worthy of a tournament bid despite losing to Kentucky in the SEC tournament semifinals.

The committee didn’t listen.

Georgia will be a No. 2 seed in the National Invitational Tournament instead.

The Bulldogs (19-13) will host No. 7 seed Vermont (22-10) on Wednesday at 8 p.m. The game can be seen on ESPNU.

SMU and Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown are also staying home to play in the NIT.

Snubbed by the NCAA tournament selection committee after a three-game losing streak, the Mustangs (23-9) are a No. 1 seed in the NIT along with Minnesota, Florida State and St. John’s.

The Mustangs didn’t have consecutive losses until ending the regular season with losses to Top 25 teams Louisville and Memphis, before losing to Houston in their AAC tournament opener.

SMU opens the NIT on Wednesday night at home against UC Irvine (23-11) from the Big West Conference. The Mustangs are 9-1 at renovated Moody Coliseum, the lone loss being to defending national champion Louisville.

St. John’s (20-12) plays at home Tuesday night against Robert Morris (21-13), which upset Kentucky in an NIT opener last year after the Wildcats missed a chance to defend their 2012 NCAA title. It is the record 30th NIT appearance for St. John’s.

Florida State (19-13) takes on Florida Gulf Coast, giving “Dunk City” a chance in another tournament after last season being the first No. 15 seed in the NCAA tournament to make it to the Sweet Sixteen.

Minnesota (20-13) takes on Big South regular season champion High Point (16-14) in the first round.

The 32-team NIT field includes 13 automatic qualifiers, teams that won their regular-season conference titles without getting an NCAA bid.

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