Despite all Dick Vitale's whining to the contrary, Syracuse was simply not that good. Shunned by the NCAA selection committee (a laughable outfit in their own right), the NIT tried to give Syracuse every advantage by seeding them #1, ensuring they played on their home floor Carrier Dome in front of 20.000 screaming New Yorkers.
Oops. Ole Miss, a middle of the pack SEC team goes up there and bounces them 85-80. Junior Cullen Neal (Albuquerque, NM) had 15 points in the win for the Rebels.
Florida beat Virginia 65-39. Senior Canyon Barry (Colorado Springs, CO) had 7 points for the Gators in the win.
Butler beat Middle Tennessee 74-65. Senior Avery Woodson (Waynesboro, MS) had 7 points/5 rebounds in the win for the Bulldogs.