NEW YORK (Sporting Alert) — Second-rank Baylor and the third Iowa will meet on Thursday night for the NCAA NIT Tournament title at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The Bears (22-14) knocked off Brigham Young Cougars (BYU) 76-70 in their semi-final on Tuesday night with Pierre Jackson starring with a double-double of 24 points and 10 assists in the victory.
Baylor were disappointed at missing out on making the NCAA March Madness tournament, but victory in the NIT would mean a lot to them as well.
“Well, I think there’s only two happy teams at the end of the year,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said.
“The team that wins the NCAA and the team that wins the NIT. We want to be one of those happy teams.”
The Hawkeyes (25-12), meanwhile, got past the highly fancied Maryland Terrapins 71-60 in their semis on Tuesday night, with junior forward Roy Devyn Marble leading the way with 21 points and nine rebounds.
Devyn Marble, who is averaging 15.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per game, is expected to be the main scoring theta to the Baylor Bear at Madison Square Garden.
Thursday night’s clash will be just the second in history between the two programs, with the Hawkeyes coming away with a 67-44 victory almost 30-years-ago.
Iowa are on a four game winning streak and have won seven of its last eight games, Baylor at the same time, have won four straight as well, including five in its last six.
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NIT Tournament Games
TIME (ET) MATCHUP TV
9:00 PM (3) Iowa vs (2) Baylor – Live Channel: ESPN and WatchESPN.com