Drexel, St. Joe's. La Salle to NIT

Posted: March 11, 2012

Philadelphia will be an NIT kind of town Wednesday night, with St. Joseph's, Drexel, and La Salle all hosting games that night in the consolation tournament.

Drexel (27-6) hosts Central Florida (22-10) at the Daskalakis Center at 7:15 p.m., and St. Joe's (20-13) hosts Northern Iowa (19-13) at Hagan Arena at the same time with both games being televised on ESPN3. La Salle (21-12) hosts Minnesota (19-14) at Tom Gola Arena at 7 p.m., to be shown on ESPN2.

The most interesting thing about the bracketing: If the Hawks and Dragons both win, they're headed for a second-round matchup.

Penn did not receive an NIT invitation and was awaiting word on one of the other postseason tournaments. Washington, Seton Hall, Tennessee, and Arizona received top seeds Sunday night for the 75th NIT, which begins Tuesday and concludes with the March 29 championship game at Madison Square Garden. Drexel got a No. 3 seed.

Other notable teams in the 32-team field are Miami, Mississippi State, Northwestern, Nevada, and Oral Roberts.

Drexel and Oral Roberts (27-6) had the most wins among teams not chosen for the 68-team NCAA tournament.

Washington finished atop the Pac-12 standings but became the first team to win a regular-season title in a power conference and miss the NCAA tournament.

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