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ISU Gets NIT Bid

By WEEK Producer

March 11, 2012 Updated Mar 11, 2012 at 10:40 PM CDT

For the fourth time in five seasons, all under head coach Tim Jankovich, Illinois State has earned a spot in the National Invitation Tournament and will open the first round at Ole Miss Wednesday night for an 8:30 p.m. tip on game nationally-televised by ESPNU.

The Redbirds, which own a 20-13 record on the season, enter the tournament as a No. 7seed, while Ole Miss holds a No. 2 seed after posting an equal 20-13 mark. The last time ISU made four postseason bids over a five-year span was in 1994-95 (NIT), 1995-96 (NIT), 1996-97 (NCAA) and 1997-98 (NCAA).

This marks Illinois State’s 12th appearance in the NIT and the Redbirds own an 8-11 mark all-time in the event.

This will mark the third meeting between the Redbirds and the Rebels with ISU winning the previous two games. Illinois State posted a 70-52 win at the BCA Classic in Milwaukee, Wis., on Nov. 16, 2004, and a 76-72 victory at Horton Field House on Dec. 23, 1978. The game at Horton Field House was referenced in Michael Lewis’ book, The Blind Side.

The winner of the ISU-Ole Miss game will advance to face the winner of the Stanford-Cleveland State match-up.

article courtesy ISU Sports Information

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