Previewing the remaining NIT teams

By on March 20, 2018

By Dalton Ray —

Men’s basketball is in the quarterfinals of the NIT tournament after defeating Northern Kentucky and Middle Tennessee State. The Cardinals host Mississippi State Tuesday, March 20 at 9 p.m.

Winners of the quarterfinals will advance to play in the final four of the NIT, hosted in Madison Square Garden March 27. The championship is slated for March 29.

Here’s a quick look at the remaining teams in the tournament. The first three teams are on Louisville’s side of the bracket and the last four are on the opposite side.

No. 4 Mississippi State (24-11)

  • Leading scorers: Quinndary Weatherspoon (14.5 points per), Nick Weatherspoon (10.9 points per)
  • Average points scored and allowed per game: 73.6, 67.9
  • Last 10 games: 6-4, two-game winning streak

No. 4 Penn State (23-13)

  • Leading scorers: Tony Carr (19.5), Lamar Stevens (14.7)
  • Average points scored and allowed per game: 74.3, 66.5
  • Last 10 games: 6-4, two-game winning streak

No. 2 Marquette (21-13)

  • Leading scorers: Markus Howard (20.4), Andrew Rowsey (20.2)
  • Average points scored and allowed per game: 81.4, 78.3
  • Last 10 games: 7-3, two-game winning streak

No. 2 Oklahoma State (21-14)

  • Leading scorers: Jeffery Carroll (15.2), Kendall Smith (12.7)
  • Average points scored and allowed per game: 76.5,  72.9
  • Last 10 games: 7-3, two-game winning streak

No. 4 Western Kentucky (26-10)

  • Leading scorers: Justin Johnson (15.6), Darius Thompson (13.9)
  • Average points scored and allowed per game: 78.4, 70.0
  • Last 10 games: 7-3, two-game winning streak

No. 1 Saint Mary’s (30-5)

  • Leading scorers: Jock Landale (21.3), Calvin Hermanson (11.3)
  • Average points scored and allowed per game: 77.5, 64.4
  • Last 10 games: 7-3, two-game winning streak

No. 2 Utah (21-11)

  • Leading scorers: Justin Bibbins (14.7), David Collette (12.7)
  • Average points scored and allowed per game: 73.4, 68.4
  • Last 10 games: 8-2, two-game winning streak

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Photo by Taris Smith / The Louisville Cardinal

About Dalton Ray

Sports editor (2016-18) that is technically award winning.Email: [email protected]

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