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NMSU 1994/1995 Preseason & Postseason NIT Runs
New Mexico State was part of a 16 team Preseason NIT back in 1994.

First Round

New Mexico State started the 1994 Preseason NIT on the road @ University of Southern California. NMSU left California with a 97-84 win at LA Sports Arena. Then#18th ranked Alabama came into the Pan American Center for the 2nd round of the Preseason NIT. NMSU won 86-69. NMSU then traveled to Madison Square Garden for the Semi-Final vs Memphis. NMSU won 81-78 to advance to the 1994 Preseason NIT Championship game. NMSU played Ohio and ended up losing 84-80 in OT.


NMSU was ranked as high as 19th in the nation in the AP Poll in 1994/1995. NMSU ended up in the 32 Team Postseason NIT after finishing the regular season 22-9. Their NIT invite was an at-large bid.


Colorado came into the Pan American Center for the first round of the Postseason NIT. In front of a big crowd NMSU won the opener 97-83. NMSU second round opponent was UTEP who had split with NMSU during the regular season. NMSU traveled up I-10 to the Don Haskins Center and left El Paso with a 92-89 OT victory.





NMSU had to travel to Virginia Tech for the Quarterfinals of the Postseason NIT. Down 39-20 at halftime, NMSU rallied back to tie the game in the final seconds before Virginia Tech hit a 3 at the buzzer to win the game 64-61, and yes Virginia Tech rushed the floor after beating the Mighty Aggies of New Mexico State. Virginia Tech went on to win the 1995 Postseason NIT.



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RE: NMSU 1994/1995 Preseason & Postseason NIT Runs
This was the start of NMSU's impeding 5 year probation. NMSU only had 7 scholarship players left for that NIT run.

At the start of the season with a full roster, NMSU made it all the way to the Pre-season NIT Championship game beating USC (97-84), Alabama (86-69), Memphis (81-78), along the way before finally losing to U. Ohio with Gary Trent "The Shaq of the MAC" (80-84 in OT). Trent's son will play for Duke next season.

In the Post-season NIT, NMSU beat Colorado and UTEP before losing that game to Virginia Tech. It was a great "almost" comeback.
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RE: NMSU 1994/1995 Preseason & Postseason NIT Runs
Why do we need a thread about NIT appearances?
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RE: NMSU 1994/1995 Preseason & Postseason NIT Runs
(07-11-2017 12:27 AM)SeattleVandals Wrote:  Why do we need a thread about NIT appearances?



It was a special season for New Mexico State. This board is about WAC basketball. New Mexico State is the king of the WAC. I'm just talking NMSU basketball. I should probably start talking Aggie football. Hmm....
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