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Oklahoma State to host Harvard to open NIT

OSU will host Harvard on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in Gallagher-Iba Arena.
by John Helsley Modified: March 14, 2011 at 11:15 pm •  Published: March 13, 2011
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STILLWATER &mdash Senior Night wasn’t sendoff night after all.

Sunday the Cowboys received a No. 3 seed in the NIT Tournament, gaining OSU a first-round home game Tuesday against Harvard at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Tip time is 6:30 p.m. The game will be televised by ESPN.

As a top four seed, OSU earned a first-round home date, which could be significant for the Cowboys, who went 13-2 at home this season but never won a road game on an opponent’s campus. OSU finished 0-8 on the road in the Big 12, one crippling factor in their failure to contend for an NCAA Tournament bid.

Harvard, 23-6, is a No. 6 seed that went 12-2 in the Ivy League and just missed a bid to make the NCAA Tournament, losing a one-game playoff with regular season co-champion Princeton that determined the conference’s automatic berth.

“We’re excited about continuing to play,” said Cowboys coach Travis Ford. “This team, from everything we heard, they’ve kind of been a buzz of college basketball the last couple weeks, as far as a team that’s had an incredible year. They’re the highest-ranked RPI team (No. 35) not to get in the NCAA Tournament.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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NIT: OSU VS. HARVARD

When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Gallagher-Iba Arena

TV: ESPN

Tickets: General admission tickets are available now online at for adults and $4 for OSU students and youth. Reserved tickets will be available online soon at a price of $10. Fans can also call the OSU ticket office at 877-255-4678.

SCOUTING HARVARD

Coach: Tommy Amaker

Conference: Ivy League

Record: 23-6 overall, 12-2 conference; lost 63-62 on a buzzer beater in a one-game playoff with co-champion Princeton for the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Top Player: F Keith Wright, was voted Ivy League Most Valuable Player and was also unanimous first-team All-Ivy by the league's coaches. He averaged 14.9 points and 8.5 rebounds a game in leading the Crimson to a share of its first ever Ivy League title.

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