• 2013 marks the 76th year for the Postseason National Invitational Tournament.

• While three teams (Notre Dame in 1999-2000, Syracuse in 2003-04, Stanford in 2011-12) made it to Madison Square Garden for the semifinals of both the NIT Season Tip-Off and the Postseason NIT, Stanford’s 2011-12 is the only team to play in the championship game of both events.

• From 1938-1976, every NIT game was played at Madison Square Garden. The first NIT game played at a campus site was on March 8, 1977, when Illinois State beat Creighton on the Bluejays’ home floor.

• Only two schools – St. John’s (N.Y.) in 1943 and 1944 and South Carolina in 2005-06 – have ever won back-to-back NIT Championships.

• Syracuse set an NIT record by packing 26,752 fans into the Carrier Dome on March 19, 2007, for a second round contest against San Diego State.

• The NIT single-game scoring record has stood for more than 35 years. Oral Roberts’ Anthony Roberts scored 65 points in a 90-89 loss to Oregon on March 9, 1977. Roberts finished the season as the nation’s leading scorer with 34.0 points per game.

• Legendary former DePaul star George Mikan still holds the scoring record for most points in an NIT game at Madison Square Garden. He scored 53 points against Rhode Island in a 1945 semifinal contest en route to leading DePaul to its only NIT Championship.

• While he would later become a Madison Square Garden legend for his play with the New York Knicks, Walt Frazier was also a star of the 1967 NIT, being named tournament MVP and leading Southern Illinois to its only NIT Championship.

• St. John’s (N.Y.) won its record sixth NIT title in 2003 with a 70-67 victory against Big East rival Georgetown. 

• The NIT field began at six teams and has been as high as 40 teams in its 76-year history. 2013 will mark the seventh-consecutive year of the 32-team format. The field was also set at 32 teams from 1980-2001 before expanding to 40 from 2002-06.