Baylor Opens NIT at Home Against Long Beach State 3/20/13
WACO, Texas (AP)
Baylor is back in the NIT four years after making it to Madison Square Garden.
The Bears had bigger aspirations this season.
Since their NIT runner-up finish in 2009, the Bears (18-14) have made it to two NCAA regional finals and had a school-record 30 wins last season. But they lost five of six games before ending this regular season with an 81-58 win over Big 12 champion Kansas. They lost to Kansas State in the conference tourney opener.
Baylor is a No. 2 seed in the NIT, and plays at home Wednesday against Long Beach State (19-13).
Defending NCAA champion Kentucky was the No. 1 seed on the Baylor side of the NIT bracket, but the Wildcats were upset 59-57 by Robert Morris in a first-round game Tuesday night.