Men's basketball to face Creighton in New Orleans for NCAA tourney

3/11/2007 8:00:00 AM

The seventh-seeded University of Nevada men's basketball team will take on 10th-seeded Creighton in the first round of the 2007 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship on Friday, March 16 in New Orleans, La. The 65-team field for the NCAA Tournament was announced March 11.

Game times for the first-round matchups will be announced early this week, while CBS will televise all tournament games regionally. Nevada will play in the San Antonio Regional with the games in New Orleans being hosted by Tulane University at New Orleans Arena.

The winner of the Nevada-Creighton game will take on the winner of a first-round game between second-seeded Memphis and 15th-seeded North Texas. The second-round game will be played on Sunday, March 18.

The four-time Western Athletic Conference champion Wolf Pack (28-4 overall) is making its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and the sixth in school history. Nevada holds a 3-5 overall record in NCAA Tournament games and has earned an at-large invitation for the second time in history. The Wolf Pack earned its conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament in 1984, 1985, 2004 and 2006 and was previously an at-large selection in 2005.

Under the direction of 13th-year head coach Dana Altman, Creighton has turned in a 22-10 overall record this season and finished second in the Missouri Valley Conference with a 13-5 league mark. The Blue Jays earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by winning the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament last weekend in St. Louis, Mo., upsetting 11th-ranked Southern Illinois 67-61 in the championship game on March 4. The Wolf Pack holds a 5-12 all-time record against teams from the Missouri Valley Conference, including a 79-64 victory over Northern Iowa on Feb. 17 in the O'Reilly ESPNU BracketBusters.

The all-time series between Nevada and Creighton is tied 3-3. The Wolf Pack has won the last three contests between the two teams, most recently turning in a 61-58 victory over the Blue Jays on Dec. 19, 1995 at the Hawai'i Nike Festival in Honolulu.

The Wolf Pack's No. 7 seed this season is the second-highest seed in school history. In 2006, the team earned a No. 5 seed in the Minneapolis Regional, the highest in school history. Last season, the Wolf Pack fell to Montana in the NCAA first round, while in 2005, Nevada advanced to the NCAA second round, defeating Texas before falling to eventual national runner-up Illinois in Indianapolis, Ind. In 2004, Nevada made the school's first trip to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen, knocking off Michigan State and Gonzaga in the first and second rounds in Seattle, Wash., before falling to eventual NCAA runner-up Georgia Tech in the regional semifinals in St. Louis, Mo.


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