While the NCAA tournament got under way in Dayton on Tuesday, it was far from the only college basketball taking place.
The NIT also kicked off its first round of action, with teams such as Minnesota, Missouri and Georgetown taking the court. Here is a look at all of the scores from Day 1.
|No. 8 Robert Morris||No. 1 St. John's||89-78|
|No. 1 Florida State||No. 8 Florida Gulf Coast||58-53|
|No. 4 Georgetown||No. 5 West Virginia||77-65|
|No. 5 Belmont||No. 4 Green Bay||80-65|
|No. 1 Minnesota||No. 8 High Point||88-81|
|No. 3 Arkansas||No. 6 Indiana State||91-71|
|No. 3 Clemson||No. 6 Georgia State||78-66|
|No. 2 Missouri||No. 7 Davidson||85-77|
|No. 4 Saint Mary's||No. 5 Utah||70-58|
An updated NIT bracket can be found here.
With Day 1 officially in the books, here is a glance at the schedule for Day 2.
|Wednesday, March 19||7 p.m.||No. 2 Illinois||No. 7 Boston University|
|Wednesday, March 19||7:30 p.m.||No. 3 Louisiana Tech||No. 6 Iona|
|Wednesday, March 19||8 p.m.||No. 2 Georgia||No. 7 Vermont|
|Wednesday, March 19||8:30 p.m.||No. 3 Southern Miss||No. 6 Toledo|
|Wednesday, March 19||9 p.m.||No. 1 SMU||No. 8 UC Irvine|
|Wednesday, March 19||10 p.m.||No. 4 San Francisco||No. 5 LSU|
|Wednesday, March 19||10:30 p.m,||No. 2 California||No. 7 Utah Valley|
Notable Day 1 Performances
Karvel Anderson Pours in the Points as Robert Morris Makes NIT Noise Again
The headline game in last year’s NIT was Robert Morris’ upset of Kentucky.
The No. 8-seeded Colonials were at it again in the 2014 tournament, upsetting No. 1 St. John’s 89-78. Karvel Anderson led the way with an incredible stat line of 38 points and five rebounds behind 12-of-20 shooting from the field and 9-of-15 shooting from behind the three-point line.
If coach Andrew Toole’s words were any indication, Robert Morris was feeling more disappointed than St. John’s at missing the NCAA tournament and used that momentum to turn in an impressive performance, according to the Associated Press, via ESPN.com:
We had more disappointment than they did. (We) came into this game wanting to continue (our) season.
I didn't have it in my head that this would be the last time we (would play) together. We'll keep playing for as long as someone (allows us).
Looking forward, Robert Morris will play Belmont next. If Anderson can turn in another blistering shooting night, the Colonials may be able to pull of another upset and set their sights on Madison Square Garden for the later rounds.
However, that will be much easier said than done because forward David Appolon left Tuesday’s game with a foot injury and was seen with crutches. That means Anderson will have to carry the offense yet again against Belmont.
K.J. McDaniels Leads Clemson to the Victory
K.J. McDaniels had his way with a number of ACC opponents this season, so a date with Georgia State wasn’t going to slow him down.
Clemson won the game 78-66, and McDaniels posted a line of 30 points and 14 rebounds behind 9-of-11 shooting from the field and 10-of-12 shooting from the free-throw line. He was an absolute beast on both ends of the floor, and Georgia State simply couldn’t handle his physicality.
The only way to stop McDaniels from scoring was by fouling him, and he converted his free throws when that happened.
If the Tigers hope to reach the Garden, they will need double-doubles from their superstar all tournament.
Craig Bradshaw Spearheads Belmont Attack in Win
Green Bay beat Virginia this season and lost a heartbreaker by three to Wisconsin during the regular season, but it wasn’t able to handle Belmont in the first round of the NIT.
The Bruins won 80-65 behind 25 points, six rebounds and three steals from Craig Bradshaw. He was formidable on both ends of the floor and was critical in helping his team force 21 turnovers.
It is worth pointing out that Green Bay was missing its leading scorer and the Horizon League Player of the Year in Keifer Sykes, thanks to an ankle injury he suffered in the conference tournament.
Had Sykes, who averaged more than 20 points a game this season, played, this may have been a different outcome for the Phoenix.
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