WACO, Texas – Baylor men's basketball has received a No. 2 seed in the 2013 National Invitational Tournament. The Bears will host No. 7 seed Long Beach State at 8 p.m. CT Wednesday at the Ferrell Center on ESPN2.
With a win against Long Beach State, Baylor would advance to face the winner of No. 3 Arizona State vs. No. 6 Detroit. Second-round games are scheduled for Thursday through Monday, but the Bears can only host a second-round game on Friday due to the women's basketball team hosting first and second rounds of the NCAA Championship, March 24 and 26. Baylor would have to play on the road if the game is scheduled for Saturday, Sunday or Monday.
Baylor will be making back-to-back postseason appearances for the fourth time in program history. BU played in the 1987 NIT and 1988 NCAA Tournament, and the Bears had three consecutive postseason appearances with the 2008 and 2010 NCAA Tournaments and the 2009 NIT.
The Bears will be making their fifth NIT appearance. Baylor lost in the first round in 1987, 1990 and 2001, but they won four consecutive games to advance to the 2009 NIT Championship Game at Madison Square Garden. That postseason experience helped the Bears reach the NCAA Elite Eight the following season. The Bears are 4-4 all-time in the NIT, including a 4-1 record in the Drew era.
Baylor is hosting a NIT game for only the second time. BU hosted Georgetown in 2009 first round, winning 74-72 to advance to take on Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. The Bears then beat Auburn on the Tigers' home floor to punch their ticket to New York.
The Bears are 2-2 all-time against Long Beach State, but the teams haven't met on the hardwood since Baylor beat LBSU 87-80 on Dec. 22, 1979, in Lafayette, La.
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