No. 8 Falcon men to face No. 1 Creighton in NIT

Andrew Harner and Andrew Harner

BG’s men’s basketball team (19-13) received a No. 8 seed in the 2009 NIT Tournament and will play No. 1 Creighton in Omaha, Neb., tomorrow night. If BG wins, they will face either No. 4 Kentucky or No. 5 UNLV, who play tonight at 9:30 on ESPN. This will be BG’s first postseason appearance since they lost 81-69 to Butler in the 2002 NIT. The Falcons secured a berth to the NIT after winning the Mid-American Conference regular season championship. Despite having the same record as Buffalo, BG held the tie-breaker. Buffalo will play in the College Basketball Invitational Tournament and will play at Wichita State tomorrow at 8 p.m. Creighton was a bubble team for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament after they finished the season 26-7 out of the Missouri Valley Conference. The Blue Jays were a No. 2 seed in the MVC conference tournament, but were upset by No. 3 Illinois State 73-49 in the semifinal round. Illinois State later lost to eventual champion Northern Iowa, who tied Creighton for the regular season league title. Earlier this season, the Falcons lost to Illinois State 78-65. The Blue Jays are led by MVC Player of the Year Booker Woodfox, who averages 15.9 points per game and connects on 49 percent of his three-pointers, and P’Allen Stinnett, who connects on 38 percent of three-pointers. On the season, BG are allowing 30.4 percent of three-pointers.