Wolverines to Host Utah State in First Round of NIT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team was selected for the 2007 MasterCard National Invitation Tournament Sunday (March 11). The Wolverines were selected as a No. 3 seed in the North Bracket among the 32-team field.

The Maize and Blue will host a first-round game Tuesday (March 13) in Crisler Arena against Utah State. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.; the game will broadcast on ESPN2.

Tickets will go on sale Monday, March 12, at 8:30 a.m. at mgoblue.com/tickets or by calling 866/296-MTIX (6849). Tickets are $10 (U-M students $5) in the lower blue for reserved seating and $8 in the upper gold for general admission seating. Student basketball season ticket holders will be given priority to purchase tickets for $5 in the student bleachers (limit 4) on a first come, first served basis until Tuesday at 9 a.m. Thereafter, these tickets will be released for sale to the general public. Student basketball season ticket holders must sign in to their online student season ticket account at mgoblue.com/tickets before selecting the Basketball link to obtain bleacher seating.

Tickets may be picked up at the Athletic Ticket Office on Tuesday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. or at Crisler Arena Will Call (Stadium Blvd side) beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Eligible ticket purchasers also have the option of using the Print @ Home feature to print their tickets.

Parking is $5. All basketball season parking passes will be honored for Crisler Arena and Michigan Stadium.

No. 3 Michigan and No. 6 Utah State have never met in basketball. The Aggies were 23-11 overall in 2006-07, and lost in the championship game of the WAC Tournament to New Mexico State 72-70.

If Michigan advances to the second round, the Wolverines will take on the winner of No. 2 Florida State and No. 7 Toledo, which will be played Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Tallahassee, Fla., on ESPNU. If the Seminoles win, the Wolverines will travel to Florida for a second round game Thursday (March 15) at 7 p.m. on ESPNU; if the Rockets prevail, the Maize and Blue will host the second-round game Thursday night in Crisler Arena.

In each of Michigan's two NIT appearances under head coach Tommy Amaker, the Wolverines have reached the championship game. U-M won the NIT title in 2004 after a 62-55 victory over Rutgers. In the 2006 NIT, the Maize and Blue lost to South Carolina, 76-64, in the championship game.

Michigan has appeared in eight* recognized NIT Postseason Tournaments; the Wolverines have a 19-6* (24-6) all-time record in the NIT, including a perfect 13-0* (15-0) mark in NIT games played in Crisler Arena

The Maize and Blue closed out the regular season with a 21-12 overall record and an 8-8 mark in Big Ten play. U-M finished the campaign tied with intrastate rival Michigan State for seventh place in the league. The No. 8-seeded Wolverines lost in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal (March 9) to No. 1-seeded Ohio State, 72-62.

The 20-plus win season is the second straight for the Wolverines, and Michigan's third in the last four years under U-M coach Tommy Amaker. The Wolverines were 17-3 in Crisler Arena this season; the record ranks as the second most wins in the 40-year history of the arena. U-M needs one more win at home to tie the all-time mark set during the 1985-86 campaign (18-1).

* These numbers reflect NCAA sanctions. Prior to sanctions, U-M had nine NIT appearances with a 24-6 overall record.

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423

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