Men’s, Women’s Basketball Teams Invited to Play in NIT; Tickets on Sale

Posted: March 16, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason’s men’s and women’s basketball teams just missed out on participating in the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament when they lost in the championship game of their respective Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) tournaments. But the season isn’t over for either team–both have been invited to play in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).

The men’s team will host the opening round of the NIT against the University of Tennessee tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Patriot Center. It is the Patriots’ fourth postseason appearance in Jim Larranaga’s seven years as head coach. The women’s team will travel to Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J., on Thursday, March 18, for a 7 p.m. game. It is their second postseason appearance in school history.

The men’s team ended the season with a school record-tying 21 wins, finishing 21-9. Mason was hot at the end of the season, winning 9 of their last 12 games. In the CAA tournament, the Patriots beat Delaware University 65-58 in overtime, the University of North Carolina-Wilmington 80-66, and eventually lost 55-54 to Virginia Commonwealth University.

Tennessee, which is 15-13 on the season, is making its 24th postseason appearance and its 6th in the past 7 seasons. Last year, Tennessee lost to eventual NIT runner-up Georgetown in the first round of the tournament.

The women’s team finished the season 18-10 and advanced to the championship game in the CAA Tournament for the third time in school history, but was edged by Old Dominion University, 85-81.

If the Patriots defeat Seton Hall (14-14) on Thursday, the team will advance to the next round and play the winner of Kent State University and St. Joseph’s University on March 21 at a site yet to be determined.

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