Men's Basketball to Host UL-Lafayette in NIT
Communications Sr. Associate
BATON ROUGE – Under first-year head coach Will Wade, the LSU men’s basketball team is back in postseason play as LSU will face Louisiana-Lafayette in the opening round of the 2018 National Invitation Tournament.
The game will tip at 6 p.m. CT on Wednesday, March 14, at the Maravich Center in Baton Rouge. The game will be broadcast on the LSU Sports Radio Network and streamed at ESPN3.com (no over-the-air television broadcast).
The Tigers are the No. 3 seed in their pod of eight in the Lower Right Bracket, one of four pods in the 32-team event, with a record of 17-14 on the season. UL-Lafayette, the No. 6 seed, comes in with a record of 27-6.
The complete NIT bracket is listed below.
“We are very excited to have been chosen to play in the 2018 NIT,” said Wade. “We look forward to giving our fans another opportunity to watch us play in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center and we hope they will support our players and what they have achieved this season.
“The selection of LSU to this year’s NIT says a lot about the progression of our program. It is a step in a direction that will only continue to move this program forward. It is exciting to be a part of post season play in our first season at LSU. We look forward to the challenges ahead as we face Louisiana-Lafayette in the opening round.”
Tickets will go on sale by 9 p.m. CT Sunday at www.LSUtix.net. Beginning Monday at 8 a.m., tickets will be sold over the phone at 225-578-2184 and in person at the LSU Athletics ticket office. Fans are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance.
The majority of seats in the Maravich Center will be general admission with sections 111-116 reserved as allocated to the participating team and tournament requirements, but a limited number of those seats may be made available to the public at $12 each.
General admission tickets will sell at $10 for adults, $5 for youth ages 3-12 and $6 each for groups of 10 or more. Ages three and under will be admitted for free without a ticket.
Full-time LSU Baton Rouge students who are in good standing and have a 2.0 or better overall GPA will be admitted for free as normal for LSU basketball games. They will follow normal student ticket procedures for entrance, swiping their LSU ID at the PMAC student entrances (lower Southeast and upper East portals).
Parking will be sold for $10 in Lot 101 (limit 1 per customer/account). Handicap parking will be the same as normal in Lot 105 and the special assistant shuttle will pick up near the front of the lot. The shuttle will start two hours before each game and run for one hour after the game.
As per the norm at LSU home events, all the “Geaux Clear” bag rules will be in effect.
LSU will be making its eighth post-season NIT appearance, its 29th overall post-season tournament. LSU’s last NIT appearance was in 2014 when the Tigers won at San Francisco before losing in the second round at SMU. The Tigers and Cajuns will meet for the 47th time with LSU leading the series, 36-10. The teams last met in 2009.
The 81st NIT will feature experimental rules intended to give the NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee, the Division I Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee and the Division I Men’s Basketball Competition Committee data as well as feedback to assist in making decisions regarding rules changes.
The 2018 NIT will feature four rules modifications:
- The three-point line will be extended by approximately 1 foot 8 inches to the same distance used by FIBA for international competition (22 feet 1.75 inches).
- The free throw lane will be widened from 12 to 16 feet, consistent with the width used by the NBA.
- The games will be divided into four 10-minute quarters as opposed to two 20-minute halves. Teams will shoot two free throws beginning with the fifth foul of each quarter.
- The shot clock will reset to 20 seconds after an offensive rebound instead of the full 30 seconds.
The experimental rules will help determine if a marginally more difficult three-point shot will be effective for men’s college basketball, and if widening the lane will reduce physicality and create more driving opportunities. In addition, the number of possessions and any impact on the pace and flow of the game will be evaluated.
2018 National Invitation Tournament
(higher seed to host 1st round unless noted by asterisk)
Upper Left Bracket
1 Notre Dame vs. 8 Hampton, Tues., 8 p.m. CT, ESPN
4 Penn State vs. 5 Temple, Wed., 7 p.m. CT, ESPNU
3 Oregon vs. 6 Rider, Tues., 9 p.m. CT, ESPN3
2 Marquette vs. 7 Harvard, Wed., 6 p.m. CT, ESPN2
Lower Left Bracket
1 Baylor vs. 8 Wagner, Tues., 6 p.m. CT, ESPN2
4 Mississippi St. vs. 5 Nebraska, Wed., 8 p.m. CT, ESPN2
3 Middle Tennessee vs. 6 Vermont, Tues., 7 p.m. CT, ESPNU
2 Louisville vs. 7 Northern Kentucky, Tues., 6 p.m. CT, ESPN
Upper Right Bracket
1 USC vs. 8 UNC Ashville, Tuees., 10 p.m. CT, ESPN2
4 Western Kentucky vs. 5 Boston College, Tuerrs., 7 p.m. CT, ESPN3
3 Stanford vs. 6 BYU, Wed., 9 p.m. CT, ESPNU
2 Oklahoma St. vs. 7 Florida Gulf Coast, Tues., 8 p.m. CT, ESPN2
Lower Right Bracket
1 Saint Mary's vs. 8 Southeastern Louisiana, Tues., 9 p.m. CT, ESPNU
4 Boise St. vs. 5 Washington *, Wed., 9 p.m. CT, ESPN3
3 LSU vs. 6 UL-Lafayette, Wed., 6 p.m. CT, ESPN3
2 Utah vs. 7 UC Davis, Wed., 8 p.m. CT, ESPN3