1966 National Invitation Tournament
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1966 National Invitation Tournament
1966 National Invitation Tournament
Teams14
Finals siteMadison Square Garden
New York City
ChampionsBYU Cougars (2nd title)
Runner-upNYU Violets (2nd title game)
Semifinalists
Winning coachStan Watts (2nd title)
MVPBill Melchionni (Villanova)

The National Invitation Tournament was originated by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association in 1938. Responsibility for its administration was transferred two years later to local colleges, first known as the Metropolitan Intercollegiate Basketball Committee and in 1948, as the Metropolitan Intercollegiate Basketball Association (MIBA), which comprised representatives from five New York City schools: Fordham University, Manhattan College, New York University, St. John's University, and Wagner College. Originally all of the teams qualifying for the tournament were invited to New York City, and all games were played at Madison Square Garden.

The tournament originally consisted of only 6 teams, which later expanded to 8 teams in 1941, 12 teams in 1949, 14 teams in 1965, 16 teams in 1968, 24 teams in 1979, 32 teams in 1980, and 40 teams from 2002 through 2006. In 2007, the tournament reverted to the current 32-team format.[1][2]

Selected teams

Below is a list of the 14 teams selected for the tournament.[3]

Bracket

Below is the tournament bracket.[3]

  First Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                     
Temple 88  
Virginia Tech 73  
  Temple 78  
    BYU 90  
     
       
  BYU 66  
  Army 60  
San Francisco 89  
Penn State 77  
  San Francisco 63
    Army 80  
Army 71
Manhattan 66  
  BYU 97
  NYU 84
NYU 68  
DePaul 65  
  NYU 90
    Wichita State 84  
     
       
  NYU 69
  Villanova 63  
Villanova 63  
St. John's 61  
  Villanova 86
    Boston College 85  
Boston College 96
Louisville 90  
Third place game
   
Army 65
Villanova 76

See also

References

  1. ^ "USATODAY.com - NIT's postseason field cut to 32 teams".
  2. ^ "NIT Tournament Home". NCAA.com.
  3. ^ a b Tournament Results (1960's) at nit.org, URL accessed December 8, 2009. Archived 11/7/09

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