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March 17, 2013

Rest is over; NIT wait is on for ISU basketball

Pairings are 9 p.m. Sunday on ESPNU

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TERRE HAUTE —

“I think it would be great [to be chosen]. We haven’t played in the NIT since [Larry] Bird was a junior. Our goal every year is to play in the NCAA tournament, but the NIT is going to be very good,” Lansing said.

What do Lansing’s tea leaves tell him?

“I’ve been told we have a chance. I’ve stayed in close contact with [MVC commissioner Doug Elgin] and we know people on the committee,” Lansing said.

If ISU isn’t chosen for the NIT, the College Basketball Invitational and CollegeInsider.com Tournament are options, but Lansing did not confirm that either have been contacted as a NIT backup plan.

“Both of those other tournaments want us, but we can’t make a commitment until we know about the NIT. It’s something Mr. [Ron] Prettyman [ISU Director of Athletics] and our staff have talked about,” Lansing said.

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