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Furman to host Wichita State in first-round NIT game Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Junior Jordan Lyons has helped lead Furman to a 25-7 record and a No. 41 ranking in the latest NCAA Evaluation Tool.

The Furman men’s basketball team didn’t get a bid to the NCAA tournament despite producing the best season in school history, but its performance hasn’t gone unrewarded. The Paladins will play in the 32-team National Invitational Tournament and host a first-round game in Timmons Arena Wednesday, March 20 at 7 p.m.

The No. 3 seeded Paladins will play the 6th-seeded Shockers in first round action. The winner of Wednesday’s game will advance to face the winner of No. 2 seed Clemson and No. 7 seed Wright State.

Tickets for Wednesday’s game are $15 each and can be purchased here. Furman students will receive free admission with a valid Furman ID. Season ticket holders have until Tuesday, March 19, at 12 p.m. to reserve their seats and are encouraged to use their season ticket log-in to do so.

The Paladins, 25-7 on the season and ranked No. 41 in the latest NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET), will be making their 11th postseason appearance and third in the last four seasons. Wednesday’s game will represent just the second appearance in the NIT for the Paladins, who dropped an 86-67 decision at West Virginia in their only previous trip to the NIT in 1991.

Included among Furman’s school-record 25 wins this season were victories at Big East champion and defending national champion Villanova and a win at Missouri Valley Conference champion Loyola Chicago. The Paladins earned a spot in the Associated Press Top 25 for three straight weeks during December after becoming the first Southern Conference team to begin a season with 12 consecutive wins since the 1964-65 campaign.


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