Both teams were eyeing NCAAs, but now hope to make best of spot in NIT
PULLMAN – By early February, Washington State had already garnered a grip of losses
that had pundits uttering a certain tournament’s acronym that – at the time – might as well have been an expletive.
A tournament Long Beach State was just a game away from eluding.
Second-seeded WSU begins the National Invition Tournament tonight at 7 at Beasley Coliseum against No. 7 seed LBSU, which fell painfully short of punching its ticket to the NCAA tournament.
The 49ers, the regular-season champions of the Big West Conference, saw their Big Dance aspirations snuffed out Saturday in a 64-56 upset loss to UC-Santa Barbara in the conference tournament title game.
An 11-game winning streak was halted by UCSB, which fell to LBSU (22-11) twice before the postseason.
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