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    Northwestern to Host Milwaukee in NIT First Round Wednesday

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM John Shurna and the Wildcats get to play at least one more home game this season.
    John Shurna and the Wildcats get to play at least one more home game this season.

    March 13, 2011

    2011 NIT Bracket (PDF)

    Northwestern hosts its first National Invitation Tournament (NIT) game since 1994 Wednesday as the fourth-seeded Wildcats take on Milwaukee at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Tip time is set for 7 p.m.

    Tickets at $20 for the general public and go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday via or by calling 888-GO-PURPLE. Season ticket holders can expect to receive a call beginning at 9 a.m. Monday. They will have until 5 p.m. Monday to reserve their regular seats.

    Also, head coach Bill Carmody is picking up the tab for Northwestern student tickets. Undergraduate students can now get in FREE with a valid WildCARD. There will be a ticket booth set up outside Welsh-Ryan Arena Wednesday night where students can pick up their ticket prior to the game.

    The winner of Wednesday's contest advances to take on the winner of the game between top-seeded Boston College and eighth-seeded McNeese State.

    Milwaukee, the regular-season champion of the Horizon League, is 19-13 overall and went 13-5 in conference play. The Panthers won nine of their last 10 regular-season game and then defeated Valparaiso in the semifinal round of the Horizon League tournament before falling to Butler at home in the championship game.

    Northwestern (18-13, 7-11 Big Ten) is making its school-record third consecutive postseason appearance. The Wildcats defeated Minnesota in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament before dropping an overtime heartbreaker to No. 1 Ohio State in the quarterfinals.

    It is the sixth NIT appearance for Northwestern. The last time the Wildcats hosted an NIT game was the 1994 season when it defeated DePaul before falling to Xavier.

    Northwestern won the only previous meeting between the schools 80-44 Dec. 14, 1998 in Evanston.




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