CUs season continues with NIT berth; Buffs to face Dayton at home – cuindependent

CU\s season continues with NIT berth; Buffs to face Dayton at home - cuindependent

Colorado Buffaloes mens basketball set to host Dayton in NIT first round

The 2018-19 season continues for the Dayton Flyers, who earned a No. 5 seed in the NIT and a road game against No. 4 seed Colorado (21-12) in Boulder, Colo., on Tuesday. The game will start at 11 p.m. (9 p.m. Mountain time).

“We’re excited we get a chance to continue to play,” Dayton coach Anthony Grant said. “We’re happy for Josh (Cunningham) and Jack (Westerfield) that they get a chance to continue their careers and play with their brothers, and obviously, for our team, we’ve got a lot of young guys and the chance to play in the postseason and gain that experience and the chance to compete for a championship, all those things are a positive things. I think it’s a great opportunity for us.”

Colorado makes the NIT after winning 11 of their final 13 games to finish 21-12. In this stretch, they played like they belonged in March — if not the NCAA Tournament, at least the NIT. They finished the regular season with eight wins in their final ten Pac-12 games, then beat Cal and Oregon State before falling in a close game to top-seeded Washington. In that second half of the season, Colorado displayed mental toughness and adaptiveness as they continued to fight no matter the opponent.

The game matches the Flyers against former Dayton commit McKinley Wright, Colorado’s starting point guard. He changed his mind after Archie Miller left for Indiana and Dayton hired Anthony Grant. Wright averages 13.1 points and 4.8 assists.

Share Share Colorado earns berth in NIT, will play Dayton at CU Events Center tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports The season will continue. It was a stressful Selection Sunday, but we can take a breath now that the Colorado Buffaloes have been selected to the NIT. It was a great draw as the Buffs are a 4-seed and will play against Dayton. As the better seed, Colorado will host the game at the CU Events Center on Tuesday night.

Colorado earns four seed in NIT Tournament, will host Dayton

Dayton has played once before in Boulder, losing 77-59 to Colorado on Jan. 10, 1987, in Anthony Grant's senior year. He had seven points. pic.twitter.com/pMNnk55mhX

Dayton and Colorado will also play in the 2019-20 regular season on Dec. 21 in the Chicago Legends at the United Center.

Dayton will play in the NIT for the first time since 2012 when it lost 84-75 at Iowa in the first round. That was the fourth NIT appearance in five seasons.

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This will be Dayton’s 25th NIT appearance. It ranks second behind St. John’s (30) in total appearances. It has a 40-22 record and won the championship in 1962, 1968 and 2010 and finished as runner-up in 1951, 1952, 1955, 1956 and 1958.

If they had missed the NIT — and there was a decent chance of it happening — it would have been because of their first 20 games. They had a frustrating non-conference schedule against an easy slate and started just 2-6 in Pac-12 play, all while playing like the young team they were.

Dayton (21-11) heads to the NIT after a quarterfinal loss to Saint Louis in the Atlantic 10 tournament in Brooklyn, N.Y. The No. 6 seed Billikens won the A-10 title on Sunday by beating No. 4 seed St. Bonaventure 55-53.

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If Dayton beats Colorado, it could play Anthony Grant’s former team, Alabama in the second round. Alabama plays Norfolk State on Wednesday. The other games in Dayton’s corner of the bracket are: Toledo at Xavier and South Dakota State at Texas.

Tad Boyles squad will host Dayton at the CU Events Center on Tuesday, March 19, at 9 pm (MT) with national television coverage on ESPN2. The winner of this 4/5 match-up between the Buffs and Flyers will play the winner of top-seeded Alabama and eighth-seeded Norfolk State in the second round.

The Buffaloes on Sunday received an invitation to the NIT, earning a No. 4 seed and a first-round date Tuesday night against Dayton (9 p.m., ESPN2). It is the 11th NIT bid in program history and the third in nine seasons under head coach Tad Boyle.

The Buffs also went to the NIT at the end of Boyle’s first season in 2011, putting together a run to the Final Four that proved to be a springboard to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances and four in five seasons the following years. CU also ended a disappointing 2016-17 season with a first-round NIT loss at Central Florida.

Dayton, like the Buffs, finished the regular season with 21 wins. The Flyers were third in the Atlantic 10 Conference and lost to eventual champion Saint Louis in the quarterfinals of the A-10 Tournament.

It will be the 26th postseason appearance all-time for the CU program and the eighth in Boyle’s nine years, though that run includes a 2015 appearance in the third-tier CBI tournament that Boyle has said the past two years he would not do again.

The Buffs have made 11 NIT appearances, with an 11-9 all-time tournament record, and this marks their second appearance in three seasons. Colorado lost its first-round match-up against UCF in 2017.

For this year’s young Buffs, which ended the season on a 10-3 run, the opportunity to keep competing in a tournament setting could provide a similar springboard as the 2011 team for a club that expects to return in its entirety.

This was the last time CU hosted an NIT game. Those games were amazing atmospheres and something Ill always remember. It needs to look like this on Tuesday night. pic.twitter.com/a2EqjvQ0TA

The winner will play the winner between eighth-seeded Norfolk State and Alabama, one of the field’s four No. 1 seeds alongside UNC-Greensboro, Indiana, and TCU.


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