NIT Bracket 2012: UT-Arlington Loses In First Round To Pac-12 Champ Washington

After an amazing run through the Southland Conference regular seaosn, UT-Arlington missed out on a chance at the NCAA Tournament, and is now an underdog travelling to Washington in the NIT.

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UT Arlington Vs. Washington: Mavericks Go Down Early In NIT Tournament 2012

The best season in the history of the UT Arlington Mavericks basketball program came to an end on Tuesday night with an 82-72 loss to the Washington Huskies in their opening match of the NIT Tournament.

The Southland Conference-regular season champion Mavericks led 59-58 with 9:56 left to play after Kevin Butler scored on a layup. But UT Arlington could not hold. The Pac-12's regular season champion Huskies went on a 9-0 run in the last six minutes of the game to bury the Mavericks late. This is what UT Arlington head coach Scott Cross said after the game.

"Washington hit some big shots during that run and pulled just a little too far away from us. They are a talented team that won the Pac-12 title and they showed tonight why they were able to do that."

LaMarcus Reed led UTA with 20 points and Ingram scored 17. Terrence Ross led all scorers with 23 points on the night.

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UT-Arlington Vs. Washington, NIT Tournament 2012: Game Time, TV Schedule & More

The NIT Tournament will kick off on Tuesday night, as March Madness builds up a full head of steam and hurtles headlong into full-fledged basketball fever.

The Texas-Arlington Mavericks will play in the first round of the tournament as a No. 8 seed and will take on the No. 1 seed Washington Huskies, who were passed over for the 2012 NCAA Tournament, despite winning the regular-season Pac-12 title.

The Huskies have gone on record as saying they'll be viewing the NIT as the NCAA Tournament and will be looking to make the selection committee regret passing them over as a First Four team for Pac-12 runner-up California Golden Bears.

The Mavericks, for their part, will try to prove that they're no slouch themselves as the regular-season champions of the Southland conference.

Tuesday night's game will tip off at 10:00 p.m. ET and will air on ESPNU.

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2012 NIT Schedule And Bracket Preview

The first round of the NIT Tournament schedule tips off Tuesday with the Mississippi State Bulldogs and UMass Minutemen playing the first game of the tournament at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The UT Arlington Mavericks, regular season champion of the Southland Conference, takes on the No. 1 seed in their region at 10 p.m. ET on ESPNU. Here is a look at the complete schedule for the NIT Tournament:

Region 1

No. 2 Dayton Flyers at No. 7 Iowa Hawkeyes, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)

No. 4 Northwestern Wildcats vs. No. 5 Akron Zips, 9:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

No. 3 Oregon Ducks vs. No. 6 LSU Tigers, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)

No. 1 Washington Huskies vs. No. 8 Texas-Arlington Mavericks, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)

Region 2

No. 1 Tennessee Volunteers vs. No. 8 Savannah St. Tigers, 8:00 p.m. (ESPNU)

No. 4 Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders vs. No. 5 Marshall Thundering Herd, 9:15 p.m. (ESPN3)

Region 3

No. 4 Mississippi St. Bulldogs vs. No. 5 UMass Minutemen, 7:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

No. 1 Seton Hall Pirates vs. No. 8 Stony Brook Seawolves, 7:15 p.m. (ESPN3)

Region 4

No. 3 Stanford Cardinal vs. No. 6 Cleveland St. Vikings, 11:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

For more on the NIT, be sure to check out our NCAA basketball hub. Also be sure to check out our 2012 NCAA Tournament for more on the Big Dance.

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NIT Bracket 2012: UT-Arlington An 8 Seed, Will Play Washington Tuesday

After an amazing run through the Southland Conference regular season, UT-Arlington missed out on a chance at the NCAA Tournament, and is now an underdog travelling to Washington in the NIT.

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