When observe begins in October, each one of many nation’s 351 Division I basketball packages harbor desires of enjoying deep into March.
Few, if any, of these groups set their sights on the NIT as the popular March vacation spot. But, when the Colorado Buffaloes take the ground on the CU Occasions Heart Monday night time for an NIT second-round date in opposition to Norfolk State, solely 16 groups will stay alive within the NCAA Match, whereas the Buffs will search the eighth and remaining slot within the NIT quarterfinals.
The winner between the fourth-seeded Buffs and eighth-seeded Norfolk State visits second-seeded Texas within the quarterfinals Wednesday night time. The Longhorns superior with a 78-76 additional time win in opposition to third-seeded Xavier Sunday afternoon.
“It’s an extended season. Everybody begins out in September with the concept they need to play in March. And we’re,” CU head coach Tad Boyle stated. “Our guys have to embrace this match. I believe beginning off with a group like Dayton, a high quality opponent like that, actually even for our guys have been like, ‘The groups within the NIT are good.’ And they’re. That was good for us, and we obtained by that sport, and now it’s on to the subsequent one. I’m simply glad it’s at residence.”
In a match during which accepting the problem of the competitors as an alternative of pouting over being neglected of the NCAA Match area is as a lot part of any group’s success as protection and rebounding, the Buffs stay well-positioned going into the ultimate residence sport of the 2018-19 season. Two primary seeds — UNC-Greensboro and Alabama, which misplaced to Norfolk State within the first spherical — have already got been eradicated with residence losses, pending No. 1-seeded TCU’s residence date Sunday night time in opposition to Nebraska.
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