SMU meets Minnesota in 2014 NIT championship game tonight at 6 p.m. CT in Madison Square Garden

SMU Men's Basketball during the shootaround in Madison Square Garden, NIT 2014SMU will take on Minnesota in the 2014 National Invitation Tournament Championship at 6 p.m. CT Thursday, April 3, in Madison Square Garden, New York City. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN.

Both programs received No. 1 seeds in their respective regions. SMU is 4-2 all-time in the NIT, including this year’s victories over UC Irvine (68-54 on March 19), LSU (80-67 on March 24), California (67-65 on March 26) and Clemson (65-59 on April 1) en route to the program’s first national tournament final.

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SMU has 27 wins, the second-most in program history, and the most since the Mustangs recorded 28 wins in the 1987-88 season. The Mustangs went 18-1 at home this season, including 12-1 inside Moody Coliseum, and broke their single-season attendance record, setting the new mark at 107,412 (previous record was 101,296 in 1984-85).

The Mustangs are 7th in the nation in field-goal percentage defense (1st in the American), holding opponents to 38.3%. The Mustang defense is allowing just 62.2 points per game, 24th in the NCAA (3rd in the American). SMU has held 29 of its last 45 (23 of 36 this year) opponents under 40% shooting. SMU has outrebounded 25 of 36 opponents this season.

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