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NIT starts Tuesday as Zags win over EWU earns national attention


The Bulldogs will try to earn a ticket to New York and the semifinals of the preseason National Invitational Tournament starting Tuesday night (9 p.m.) in the Spokane Arena.

The Zags open against Rice, which finished 12-18 last season but returns forward Morris Almond, who averaged almost 22 points a game last season.

The other two teams in the Spokane pod are Baylor and Colorado State. They will play at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Winners meet on Wednesday at 9 p.m., with losers at 6 p.m.

Here is a link to a summary of the three visiting teams.

The Sporting News Mike DeCourcy taped the Zags win over Eastern Washington to watch later. And when he did, he was impressed, especially by the performances of Matt Bouldin and Josh Heytvelt.

The Zags are ranked 25th by the Providence Journal and Almond is one of the paper’s best players no one knows.

As always, check Steve Bergum’s blog for more information.

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