U-M Stays Home to Host Sooners in NIT Second Round

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball program continues play in the National Invitation Tournament by hosting Oklahoma Monday (March 22) at Crisler Arena. The Wolverines (19-11) will take on the Sooners (20-10), the Maize and Blue's second straight Big 12 Conference opponent, in a 9 p.m. game broadcast on ESPN2.

The Wolverines advanced to the second round with a 65-64 victory over Missouri Tuesday (March 16) at Crisler Arena. The Sooners defeated LSU 70-61 Wednesday (March 17) in its first-round contest at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla.

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Michigan and Oklahoma have only met once on the hardwood in the all-time series. The Wolverines took a 91-80 victory in the championship game of the 1988 Maui Classic (Nov. 27). In that same season, the Maize and Blue went on to win the program's first national championship.

The Wolverines are making their eighth NIT appearances in the program's history. U-M won 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.

The Michigan-Oklahoma winner will face the winner of the Hawaii vs. Nebraska/Niagara second-round game. Third-round site, day and time will be determined by the NIT, with quarterfinal dates ranging from March 24-26.

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.
2004 March 16 Michigan 65, Missouri 64 Ann Arbor

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

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