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UC Irvine gets NCAA's last out in NIT
UC Irvine gets NCAA's last out in NIT

UC Irvine, regular-season champion of the Big West Conference, drew the National Invitation Tournament's top-seeded team in the first round. Irvine (23-11) meets Southern Methodist (23-9), the final team snubbed by the NCAA selection committee, Wednesday night in Dallas. SMU is guided by Hall of Fame Coach Larry Brown and is 15-1 playing at home this season. The game will be televised on ESPN2 starting at 6 p.m. PDT. “We could have beaten Louisville at home. … We didn't play our best game at Memphis, but we didn't get blown out by either team,” a clearly disappointed Brown said after SMU was left out of the NCAA field. “But when we didn't...