EUGENE, Ore. — The University of Oregon men’s basketball team has been selected to participate in the 2012 National Invitation Tournament it was announced Sunday night. The Ducks earned a No. 3 seed and will host a first-round game against No. 6 LSU on Tuesday, March 13 at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene. Tip-time for that contest is set for 6:30 p.m. (PT).
Oregon is one of four Pac-12 Conference schools in this season’s NIT field. Washington earned a No. 1 seed on the same side of the bracket as the Ducks. Arizona received a No. 1 seed on the other side of the bracket from UO. Stanford also earned a No. 3 seed.
It is the first ever meeting between Oregon and LSU. It’s the first time since the 2004 season that UO has played in the NIT.
Oregon is making its 10th appearance in the NIT. The Ducks are 11-10 overall in NIT games. Oregon has won six of its last nine NIT games (all in 1999 and 2004 tourneys). UO has advanced to the NIT semifinals on three occasions (1975, 1999, 2004).
In 1975, Oregon posted a pair of wins (St. Peter’s, Oral Roberts) before a semifinal loss to Princeton. UO won the consolation game 80-76 over St. John’s.
In 1999, the Ducks won three consecutive games (Georgia Tech, Wyoming, TCU) before falling to California in the semis. They eventually lost to Xavier in the consolation game.
In 2004, Oregon won three straight (Colorado, George Mason, Notre Dame) but lost again in the semifinals, this time to Michigan.
Dana Altman has a 7-8 record in seven previous trips to the NIT (two at Kansas State, five at Creighton). Altman was 4-3 in NIT games at Kansas State, while going 3-5 at Creighton. He led K-State to the 1994 NIT Final Four before eventually losing games in the semifinal round and consolation game.