Braves are NIT bound

Published 3:30 pm Monday, March 13, 2023

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The Alcorn State men’s basketball team earned a bid to the 2023 National Invitational Tournament on Sunday for the second year in a row. The Braves were named Southwestern Athletic Conference Regular Season Co-Champions, closing the season 18-12 overall and 15-3 in conference play.

Alcorn State (18-13) will take on the No. 3 seed North Texas (26-7) on Wednesday, March 15, at 7 p.m. CT inside The Super Pit in Denton, Texas. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+ and WPRL 91.7 The Gold.

Last season, the Braves took on Texas A&M in the tournament’s first round. Alcorn fell 74-62 to the No. 1 seed in a close contest. Prior to the 2021-22 season, it had been 20 years since the Braves made an NIT appearance.

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Alcorn enters the tournament after a devastating loss to eventual SWAC Tournament Champions Texas Southern 66-62 in the quarterfinals.

If the Braves defeat UNT, they will advance to the second round against the Sam Houston and Santa Clara winner. The results of other games and facility availability will determine game locations.

The NIT is a five-round national tournament that features some of the country’s best teams and biggest brands. The semifinals and finals of this year’s NIT will be held at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas from March 28-30th.

Tickets for Wednesday’s game can be purchased by clicking here. General admission starts at $15 for upper seating and $20 for lower bowl seating.