The Broncos will host Illinois-Chicago on Wednesday, March 19 at 7 p.m. at University Arena. The Flames own a 21-8 overall record and were defeated by Horizon League champion UW-Milwaukee 75-73 in the tournament semifinals on March 8.
The game will mark the first-ever postseason contest hosted
by Western Michigan. The WMU/UIC winner will play the
Villanova/Siena winner in the second round.
"We are obviously very excited about the invitation,"
Beauregard said. "The University, fans and program deserve the
recognition associated with postseason play."
The Broncos are making their first appearance in the NIT
since the 1991-92 campaign. That year, WMU finished 21-9 and was
defeated 63-56 at Notre Dame in the opening round of the event. The
program has made the postseason on just four occasions since its
inception in 1913-14, twice participating in NCAA Tournaments
(1975-76, 1997-98) as well as a pair of NIT bids.
"I am extremely happy for our players and our program," head
coach Robert McCullum said. "The program has made tremendous
strides over the course of the past three seasons and this is one of
the rewards that comes from the improvement. There are a large
number of people who made this possible."
The invitation comes on the three-year anniversary of the
hiring of McCullum, who accepted the job on March 16, 2000.
Western Michigan owns an overall record of 19-10, the
fourth-highest win total in school history. The squad finished 10-8
in the Mid-American Conference for the second-straight year and also
advanced to the tournament quarterfinals for the first time since
WMU Accepts NIT Bid
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