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Locals hoping for alternative tournament bids

The Hofstra men's and women's team, both eliminated from NCAA tournament contention are hoping secondary bids will come.

For the Hofstra women, a WNIT bid could be forthcoming. Wins over Providence, James Madison and VCU, the Pride (19-13) could be on the guest list for the NIT. Hofstra's CAA tourney run came to end on Friday with a 51-38 loss to third-seeded VCU. Shante Evans had 10 points and 12 rebounds and Jess Fuller added eight points and eight rebounds.

As for the men, the Pride's run ended with a 74-71 overtime loss to Northeastern. Hofstra (19-14) isn't expecting a NIT bid, but it could end up in the CBI or CIT. Check this link  for Steve Marcus' story on it.  

The St. John's mens team is also hoping for a NIT invite. But the Storm (17-15) may be waiting a long time for that call. Having 15 losses, even for a Big East team, might just be too much to overcome. It won't be too much for the CBI tournament, however. An upstart tournament like that would welcome a BCS conference school in the mix.

Selection for the NIT, CBI, WBI and CIT tournaments will take place Monday night.


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