Wolverines To Host Missouri in NIT First-Round Contest
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball program has been invited to participate in the 2004 National Invitation Tournament. The Wolverines (18-11) will open the NIT with a home game Tuesday (March 16) at Crisler Arena against Missouri (16-13). Tipoff of the game between the Wolverines and the Tigers is scheduled for 9 p.m., with the game broadcast on ESPN.

The Wolverines have not appeared in the NIT since 2000, when the Maize and Blue headed to South Bend, Ind., to take on Notre Dame.

"We are honored and excited to continue our season, and we are grateful to the NIT for the invitation," said U-M coach Tommy Amaker. "Missouri is an impressive basketball team, and we look forward to a great game on Tuesday night."

Michigan owns a 3-1 all-time record against Missouri, but the schools have not met since 1976, when the Wolverines beat the Tigers 95-88 in the NCAA Midwest Regional final in Louisville, Ky., on the way to a runner-up national finish. Missouri has visited Ann Arbor twice before, in 1926 and 1964.

The Wolverines have made six NIT appearances in the program's history, winning the title in 1984 behind Tim McCormick's Most Valuable Player performance. The Wolverines also took home the 1997 title, but the University vacated the 1997 tournament appearance due to NCAA sanctions.

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The Michigan-Missouri winner will face the winner of the Oklahoma vs. LSU matchup. The Sooners take on the Tigers Wednesday (March 17) at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN. Second-round site, day and time will be determined by the NIT.

2004 NIT Postseason Bracket (from NIT.org)


Michigan in the National Invitation Tournament

1971 March 21 Michigan 82, Syracuse 76 New York, N.Y.
March 24 Georgia Tech 78, Michigan 70 New York, N.Y.
1980 March 6 Michigan 76, Nebraska 69 Ann Arbor
March 11 Michigan 76, Texas-El Paso 65 Ann Arbor
March 19 Virginia 79, Michigan 68 Charlottesville, Va.
1981 March 12 Michigan 74, Duquesne 58 Ann Arbor
March 15 Michigan 80, Toledo 68 Ann Arbor
March 19 Syracuse 91, Michigan 76 Syracuse, N.Y.
1984 March 15 Michigan 94, Wichita State 70 Ann Arbor
March 19 Michigan 83, Marquette 70 Ann Arbor
March 22 Michigan 63, Xavier 62 Ann Arbor
March 26 Michigan 78, Virginia Tech 75 New York, N.Y.
March 28 Michigan 83, Notre Dame 63 New York, N.Y.
(NIT Champion)
1991 March 13 Colorado 71, Michigan 64 Boulder, Colo.
1997* March 13* Michigan 76, Miami (Fla.) 63 Ann Arbor
March 18* Michigan 75, Oklahoma State 65 Ann Arbor
March 20* Michigan 67, Notre Dame 66 South Bend, Ind.
March 25* Michigan 77, Arkansas 62 New York, N.Y.
March 27* Michigan 82, Florida State 73 New York, N.Y.
(NIT Champion)
2000 March 14 Notre Dame 75, Michigan 65 South Bend, Ind.

* Due to NCAA sanctions, the University of Michigan has vacated the records from the 1997 NIT.

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423


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