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Old 03-13-2016, 11:20 PM   #1
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Houston men's basketball team heading to Atlanta for National Invitation Tournament

University of Houston men's basketball team will be going to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.

The team made the announcement Sunday night. It's the 29th time in Cougar history that the team has been invited to the NIT.

Finishing 13-19 in 2014-15, the Cougars enter NIT play with a 22-9 record while Georgia Tech is 19-14. The 2015-16 Cougars are only the 15th team in school history with 22-plus wins in a single season and the first since the 2007-08 team posted a 24-10 mark.

Houston and Georgia Tech have previously met twice with the Yellow Jackets claiming both meetings, the last coming in 1992 in the NCAA Midwest Regional.

Sunday night's selection marked Houston's first NIT invitation since 2006 when it defeated BYU 77-67 in the first round at home before falling to Missouri State 60-59 in a second round home game. The Houston-Georgia Tech match-up is Houston's first appearance in an NCAA postseason tournament since advancing to the 2010 NCAA Tournament.

Houston's last overall postseason appearance was in the 2013 College Basketball Invitational, where it defeated Texas at home before falling on the road to George Mason in the second round.

With Sunday's announcement, Head Coach Kelvin Sampson will lead his third school to the NIT, where he has posted a 2-2 all-time record.

Sampson has led into 13 teams to the NCAA Tournament as well as three to the NIT

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