Tulsa begins preparations for NIT game at Kent State
BY ERIC BAILEY World Sports Writer
Monday, March 15, 2010
3/15/10 at 5:12 PM
Doug Wojcik said there’s “no shame” in playing in the National Invitation Tournament during a Monday press conference.
“This is a great opportunity for us and there’s no shame in it,” Wojcik said. “It’s an achievement and I’m very pleased with my team and what we did this year.”
The Golden Hurricane will play at Kent in a 6 p.m. Wednesday game in the NIT’s first round.
Wojcik said his team’s past two years of postseason play will benefit the program.
“A lot of times, when you get into spring break, you want to shut it down and go home,” Wojcik said. “Our guys have shown great resiliency and great passion for being in the postseason.
“(Experience) can only help us individually and in the program.”
Ben Uzoh and Jerome Jordan, two of the team’s three seniors, are thrilled to extend their seasons.
“We’re excited to be here,” Uzoh said. “It’s a privilege and another postseason opportunity. We feel good and it’s something to be proud about.”
Kent earned an automatic bid to the NIT after winning the Mid-American Conference’s regular-season championship.
TU's Justin Hurtt tries to score against UTEP's Claude Britten on Friday. STEPHEN HOLMAN/Tulsa World