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					NIT Versus NCAA National Championship

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Summary:
From March 14th and for the next three weeks until April 3rd, 64 NCAA
College Basketball teams will be performing after one common goal: to win
the National Championship in Indianapolis.


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From March 14th and for the next three weeks until April 3rd, 64 NCAA
College Basketball teams will be performing after one common goal: to win
the National Championship in Indianapolis.

The top four seeds in the NCAA tournament are Duke University in Durham,
North Carolina; Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania; the
University of Connecticut and the University of Memphis.

In 1981 the NCAA wanted to increase the number of teams that would
participate in this tournament from 48 to 64. The NIT declared they
wouldn’t be able to hold a first rate post season tournament if this
happened. Four years later the modification was accepted and since then
there have been 64 teams on the bracket.

In 2001 the NIT filed an antitrust lawsuit claiming the NCAA was trying
to put the NIT out of business. With the trial under way last year, the
NCAA reached an agreement to buy the NIT and end the litigation.

The NIT is formed by 40 teams. The four top bracket seeds for this year
are the Universities of Maryland, Michigan, Louisville and Cincinnati.
They all are former NCAA tournament champions.

Basketball icons like George Mikan, Lenny Wilkens, and Walt Frazier are
part of the NIT’s history. Future pro legends Reggie Miller and Ralph
Sampson were NIT Most Valuable Players.

After 68 years the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) is suffering new
changes and improvements after being bought by the National Collegiate
Athletic Association, including new marketing strategies, more geographic
diversity and TV coverage of bracket selections. The NCAA says it bought
the NIT to settle the antitrust lawsuit and to improve the postseason
gala for the good of the game.

NYU, Fordham University, Wagner College, Manhattan College and St. John's
University owned the NIT through the Metropolitan Intercollegiate
Basketball Association. All semifinal and final games have been played at
New York's Madison Square Garden. This year's NIT which also starts today
ends on March 30th.

				
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