Hopefully you'll filled out your NIT brackets. It was a decent opening round for Northeast Ohio Universities. Both Cleveland State and Kent State won their first round games on Tuesday night.
Cleveland St, a two seed did not blowout seven seed Vermont. They won 63-60 mostly due to the play of senior Norris Cole. Cole dropped 27 points and is now the 3rd all-time leading scorer for the Vikings. If only they could have beaten Butler in the regular season we could be wishing for another Viking upset in the NCAA tournament. But nonetheless the Vikings should make a nice run in the NIT. PS: at least one Cleveland basketball team is winning and playing with some heart. The Vikings now play the College of Charleston
Kent State's win was defiantly more of an upset. A seven seed taking on the recently bubble bursted St Mary's, not many people thought Kent had a chance. Down most of the game, a late comeback and winning shot was led by MAC player of the year Justin Greene. St Mary's missed their game winning chance advancing the Golden Flashes to the next round of the NIT. The Flashes are now matched up against six seeded Fairfield. Kent should be able to win this one and advance to the Elite Eight of the NIT. I guess its better than nothing.