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2011 NIT Tournament Bracket Update: Wichita State, Kent State Advance

We’re halfway through the second round of the 2011 NIT and the upsets just keep coming. On Saturday, No. 1 seed Boston College was knocked out of the tournament by Northwestern, ensuring either Washington State or Oklahoma State would host the regional final, set to take place later this week. Another No. 1 seed feel on Sunday as Virginia Tech was knocked out by Wichita State in early action.

It took overtime in Blacksburg, but Joe Ragland’s lay-in with 2.6 seconds to go gave Wichita State a lead it wouldn’t relinquish. Virginia Tech was never able to get a final shot off, turning the ball over with just under a second to go, allowing the Shockers to seal it at the line to secure a 79-76 overtime win. Wichita State will face No. 6 seed College of Charleston in the third round.

Kent State also continued its run in the NIT on Sunday with a 72-68 win over Fairfield. The Golden Flashes have had an outstanding NIT so far, knocking off No. 2 seed St. Mary’s in the first round before Sunday’s win to advance to the third round. Kent State will face Colorado with a trip to the NIT Final Four on the line.

Check out the full bracket below, updated to reflect Sunday’s results.

Upper left bracket:

No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. No. 4 New Mexico Lobos on Monday at 6 pm

No. 2 Miami Hurricanes vs. No. 3 Missouri State Bears on Monday at 4 pm

Bottom left bracket:

No. 1 Colorado Buffaloes def. No. 4 California Golden Bears, 89-72

No. 7 Kent St. Golden Flashes def. No. 6 Fairfield Stags, 72-68

Upper right bracket:

No. 4 Northwestern Wildcats def. No. 1 Boston College Eagles, 85-67

No. 2 Washington St. Cougars vs. No. 3 Oklahoma St. Cowboys on Monday at 8:30 p.m.

Lower right bracket:

No. 4 Wichita St. Shockers def. No. 1 Virginia Tech Hokies, 79-76

No. 6 Charleston Cougars def No. 2 Cleveland St. Vikings, 64-56

Check back with our 2011 NIT StoryStream for more on the tournament. For more on Washington State’s game, head on over to SB Nation’s CougCenter.