1970 National Invitation Tournament
The 1970 National Invitation Tournament was unique in that coach Al McGuire of Marquette University, unhappy with his team's placement, turned down a bid to the NCAA tournament and elected to play in the NIT instead. His Marquette Warriors went on to claim the championship.
|1970 National Invitation Tournament|
|Finals site||Madison Square Garden|
New York City
|Champions||Marquette Warriors (1st title)|
|Runner-up||St. John's Redmen (7th title game)|
|Winning coach||Al McGuire (1st title)|
|MVP||Dean Meminger (Marquette)|
This tournament represented the final college games for LSU great Pete Maravich, the NCAA's all-time leading scorer. Maravich finished his three-year career with 3,667 points, 44.2 per game, records which stand through the 2017-18 season, despite the reinstitution of freshman eligibility and the introduction of the shot clock and 3-point shot. It was LSU's only postseason appearance between 1954 and 1979.
|Third place game|