MU’s bracket: the other one

The Tigers will not be in the ‘Big Dance’ but still get a postseason.
Monday, March 14, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 2:16 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

For the seventh straight year, the Missouri men’s basketball team will play in a postseason tournament.

The Tigers accepted an invitation Sunday night to play in the National Invitation Tournament.

Missouri (16-16) will face DePaul (19-10) in the first round at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Mizzou Arena.

The game will be aired nationally on ESPN and tickets go on sale this morning at 8.

It’s Missouri’s second straight appearance in the NIT.

Last year, the Tigers lost to Michigan 65-64 in the first round in Ann Arbor, Mich., and the Wolverines went on to win the NIT.

Before last season, the Tigers made five straight NCAA tournament appearances.

Although Missouri has the worst record of the 40 teams invited to play in this year’s NIT, it has played its best basketball in recent weeks, winning six of its past nine games.

“We have made great strides during the second half of the season working together as a team to try and improve in all facets of the game,” Missouri coach Quin Snyder said in a release. “We are anxious to continue playing, in the NIT against DePaul, and to continue to build on some of the things we have accomplished these last few weeks.”

The NIT is a single-elimination tournament, and the winner of Tuesday’s game will play the winner of Wednesday’s game between Texas A&M and Clemson.

Missouri, which lost in the second round of the Big 12 Conference Tournament on Friday, practiced at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday in preparation for a postseason appearance.

The Blue Demons lost to Alabama-Birmingham 59-56 in the second round of the Conference USA Tournament and have lost three of their past four games.

DePaul’s most notable wins came against nationally-ranked Cincinnati and Marquette.

Quemont Greer, a senior forward, leads the Blue Demons with 18.3 points and 7.4 rebounds a game. Senior guard Drake Diener is next on the team with 16 points and 6.9 rebounds.

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