1987 National Invitation Tournament

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1987 National Invitation Tournament
Teams 32
Finals site Madison Square Garden
New York City
Champions Southern Miss (1st title)
Runner-up La Salle (2nd title game)
Semifinalists
Winning coach M. K. Turk (1st title)
MVP Randolph Keys Southern Miss
National Invitation Tournaments
«1986 1988»

The 1987 National Invitation Tournament was the 1987 edition of the annual NCAA college basketball competition. The tournament began on Wednesday, March 11, 1987, and ended when the Southern Miss Golden Eagles defeated the La Salle Explorers in the NIT championship game on Thursday, March 26, 1987, at Madison Square Garden.

Selected teams[edit]

Below is a list of the 32 teams selected for the tournament.[1]

Participants
Akron
Arkansas
Arkansas–Little Rock
Arkansas State
Baylor
Boise State
California
Cal State Fullerton
Chattanooga
Cleveland State
Florida State
Illinois State
Jacksonville
James Madison
La Salle
Marquette
Mississippi
Montana State
Nebraska
New Mexico
Niagara
Oregon State
Rhode Island
Saint Louis
Saint Peter's
Seton Hall
Southern Miss
Stephen F. Austin
Utah
Vanderbilt
Villanova
Washington

Louisville declines invitation[edit]

Louisville turned down an invitation to the 1987 NIT, the first team in history to decline an NIT bid. No team would do so again until Georgetown in 2002.[2]

Brackets/Results[edit]

Below are the four first round brackets, along with the four-team championship bracket.[1]

First Round Second Round Quarterfinals
                 
Niagara 74
Seton Hall 65
Niagara 81
La Salle 89
La Salle 86
Villanova 84
La Salle 70
Illinois State 50
Cleveland State 92
Chattanooga 73
Cleveland State 77
Illinois State 79
Illinois State 79
Akron 72
First Round Second Round Quarterfinals
                 
Arkansas–Little Rock 42
Baylor 41
Arkansas–Little Rock 54
Stephen F. Austin 48
Stephen F. Austin 70
James Madison 63
  Arkansas–Little Rock 80
California 73
Oregon State 85
New Mexico 82
Oregon State 62
California 65
California 72
Cal State Fullerton 68
First Round Second Round Quarterfinals
                 
Vanderbilt 74
Jacksonville 72
Vanderbilt 109
Florida State 92
Florida State 107
Rhode Island 92
Vanderbilt 88
Southern Miss 95
Saint Louis 76
Saint Peter's 60
Saint Louis 78
Southern Miss 83
Southern Miss 93
Mississippi 75
First Round Second Round Quarterfinals
                 
Nebraska 78
Marquette 76
Nebraska 78
Arkansas 71
Arkansas 67
Arkansas State 64
Nebraska 81
Washington 76
Washington 98
Montana State 90
Washington 73
Boise State 68
Boise State 62
Utah 61

Semifinals & Finals[edit]

Semifinals (March 24) Finals (March 26)
           
La Salle 92
Arkansas–Little Rock 73
La Salle 80
Southern Miss 84
Southern Miss 82
Nebraska 75
Third place game
     
Arkansas–Little Rock 67
Nebraska 76

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