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1981 National Invitation Tournament


1981 National Invitation Tournament

1981 National Invitation Tournament
Season 1980–81
Teams 32
Finals site Madison Square Garden
New York City
Champions Tulsa (1st title)
Runner-up Syracuse (1st title game)
Winning coach Nolan Richardson (1st title)
MVP Greg Stewart Tulsa
National Invitation Tournaments
«1980 1982»

The 1981 National Invitation Tournament was the 1981 edition of the annual NCAA college basketball competition.

Selected teams

Below is a list of the 32 teams selected for the tournament.[1]
Holy Cross
North Carolina A&T
Old Dominion
Pan American
Rhode Island
St. John's
San Jose State
South Alabama
South Florida
Southern Mississippi
West Virginia


Below are the four first round brackets, along with the four-team championship bracket.[1]

First Round Second Round Quarterfinals
  Syracuse 88
  Marquette 81
  Syracuse 77
  Holy Cross 57
  Holy Cross 56
  Southern Mississippi 54
  Syracuse 91
  Michigan 76
  Michigan 74
  Duquesne 58
  Michigan 80
  Toledo 68
  Toledo 91
  American 83
First Round Second Round Quarterfinals
  Purdue 84
  Rhode Island 58
  Purdue 50
  Dayton 46
  Dayton 66
  Fordham 65
  Purdue 81
  Duke 69
  Duke 79
  North Carolina A&T 69
  Duke 75
  Alabama 70
  Alabama 73
  St. John's 69
First Round Second Round Quarterfinals
  Connecticut 65
  South Florida 55
  Connecticut 66
  Minnesota 84
  Minnesota 90
  Drake 77
  Minnesota 69
  West Virginia 80
  West Virginia 67
  Penn 64
  West Virginia 77
  Temple 76
  Temple 90
  Clemson 82
First Round Second Round Quarterfinals
  Tulsa 81
  Pan American 71
  Tulsa 76
  UTEP 72
  UTEP 57
  San Jose State 53
  Tulsa 69
  South Alabama 68
  Georgia 74
  Old Dominion 60
  Georgia 72
  South Alabama 73
  South Alabama 74
  Texas-Arlington 71

Semifinals & Finals

Semifinals Finals
  Syracuse 70
  Purdue 63
  Syracuse 84
  Tulsa 86
  West Virginia 87
  Tulsa 89
  • Third Place - Purdue 75, West Virginia 72


  1. ^ a b Tournament Results (1980's) at, URL accessed November 7, 2009. Archived 11/7/09
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