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NIT Bracket 2012: George Mason, Maryland Both Passed Over

George Mason and Maryland hoped to earn NIT berths when the field was announced on Sunday night, but both were passed over.

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NIT Bracket 2012 Announced, Maryland, George Mason Don't Make It

The 2012 NIT bracket has been announced, and both Maryland and George Mason missed the field. The Patriots were snubbed despite finishing third in the CAA, while the Terps failed to earn a bid for the second straight year.

Other teams from both squad's conferences made the field. Fellow ACC squad Miami earned a No. 2 seed and a game against No. 7 Valparaiso, while Drexel earned a No. 3 seed and will face Central Florida.

The Patriots' season is now over, as they have already announced that they will not accept a bid to the CBI or CIT Tournament if they missed the NIT. The Terps' season is likely over as well. After making postseason play every year since 1992, the Terps, barring an invitation to the CBI or CIT Tournaments, will miss the postseason for the second straight year.

For more on the 2012 NIT, visit this StoryStream. For more on the Terps, visit Testudo Times.

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NIT Bracket 2012: George Mason, Maryland Hope To Have Name Called

George Mason and Maryland hope to earn NIT berths when the field is announced on Sunday night.

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