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NIT Tournament 2011: Colorado First Team To Reach Madison Square Garden

Colorado defeated Kent State, 81-74, in NIT Quarterfinal action Tuesday night, becoming the first team to reach the semifinals at Madison Square Garden. The remaining three quarterfinals games will be played this evening.

The top-seeded Buffaloes got 25 points and 10 rebounds from Alec Burks in the victory over the seventh-seeded Golden Flashes. Colorado will play their winner of tonight's quarterfinal between second-seeded Miami and top-seeded Alabama (9 p.m., ESPN2). See SB Nation's Colorado website, The Ralphie Report, for more on the Buffaloes.

Quarterfinal matchups on the other side of the NIT bracket are sixth-seeded College of Charleston vs. fourth-seeded Wichita State (7p.m., ESPN2) and fourth-seeded Northwestern vs. second-seeded Washington State (11 p.m., ESPN2).

Tuesday:

Quarterfinal 1: No. 1 Colorado def. No. 7 Kent State, 81-74

Wednesday:

Quarterfinal 2: No. 6 College of Charleston vs. No. 4 Wichita State, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Quarterfinal 3: No. 2 Miami vs. No. 1 Alabama, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Quarterfinal 4: No. 4 Northwestern vs. No. 2 Washington State, 11 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Semifinals (Tuesday, March 29)

No. 1 Colorado vs. Winner of Quarterfinal 3, 7 or 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Winner of Quarterfinal 2 vs. Winner of Quarterfinal 4, 7 or 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Finals (Thursday, March 31)

Semifinal winners, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2