PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State's late-season surge has earned the Cougars a berth in the National Invitation Tournament. The NIT announced Sunday night that Washington State will travel to Moraga, Calif., on Tuesday to play Saint Mary's in the first round of the tournament made up of teams not selected for the NCAA tournament.
The Cougars (17-15) are seeded seventh in the San Diego State region. They are the only Pac-10 team in the 32-team NIT. WSU lost to UCLA in the Pac-10 tournament last week. Saint Mary's (26-6) lost to Gonzaga in the finals of the West Coast Conference tournament last week.
This is the fourth NIT bid for the Cougars - their first since 1996. WSU reached the quarterfinals of the NIT in 1995.