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2012 NIT Season Tipoff: Michigan downs K-State for title

The Wildcats fall to the Wolverines in the tournament's final game.

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PHOTOS: Michigan over Kansas State

Here's a look in pictures at the 2012 NIT Season Tipoff championship game featuring Michigan Wolverines and Kansas State Wildcats.

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Michigan defeats Kansas State for NIT Tipoff title

In the championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off Tournament, the No. 4 Michigan Wolverines came away victorious, defeating the Kansas State Wildcats, 71-57. The Wolverines improved to 5-0 with the victory, while K-State was handed its first loss of the season.

The tournament's Most Outstanding Player award was given to Michigan's Tim Hardaway Jr. after the junior guard finished with 23 points and seven rebounds in the championship game. He led the team in scoring, while Trey Burkeand Nik Stauskas each added 10 points to the Wolverines total.

With less than a minute remaining in the first half, the Wildcats trailed the Wolverines by only three points. However, the Michigan defense held the opposition scoreless for a near-five minute span as the Wolverines built a 13-point lead. K-State was unable to dig out of the hole for the remainder of the game and never cut the lead to single digits in the second half.

Michigan will next host North Carolina State on Tuesday, while K-State will play USC Upstate on Dec. 2.

This story originally appeared at SB Nation.

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Kansas State trails Michigan, 29-24 at the half

Kansas State is trailing Michigan by five points at the half of the preseason NIT championship game.

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Kansas State vs. Michigan gametime, TV schedule

The Wildcats face the No. 4 Michigan Wolverines on Friday in the NIT Season Tipoff title game.

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K-State players 'nervous' in Madison Square Garden

Kansas St. Wildcats guard Will Spradling admitted that playing in Madison Square Garden affected the team's performance, but also pointed out the benefits of playing in a high-pressure game.

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K-State edges Delaware, 66-63

The Kansas State Wildcats are still undefeated at 5-0, but their most recent victory showed that it might be harder to keep that streak going as the competition increases from early season opponents who offered little in the way of a fight. Against the Delaware Blue Hens in the NIT Season Tipoff, the Wildcats struggled to play their game under the lights at Madison Square Garden and ended up with a hard-fought 66-63 victory.

"We did not play pretty," Kansas State coach Bruce Weber said. "That was pretty obvious. It had been so good for us at home and we had defended so well and the games came easy. Now it didn't come quite as easy. We missed a lot of easy shots and made some mistakes defensively, but we made a good run at the right time."

Still Weber said the win was "good" for the team, noting the ability to play in an arena like MSG on the national stage.

"You have a chance to play in the championship game of the NIT, one of the most prestigious tournaments around, and especially pre season. For us it's a big step.:"

Will Spradling, who had 12 points, says the players had to adjust, at first, to the platform they had against Delaware.

"We didn't shoot the ball well at all to start the game," he said. "We were missing layups. That is something we normally will make. You could tell that we were nervous. Once we settled down, we started playing. We really kind of put it on our defense tonight and we did a pretty good job of that."

K-State advances to face Michigan on Friday.

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K-State looks to make NIT finals

Kansas State looks for a 5-0 start and a trip to the NIT Season Tipoff finals.

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K-State advances in NIT Tipoff with win over Lamar

Bruce Weber's Wildcats picked up a first-round win in the NIT Season Tip-Off on Monday night.

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K-State vs. Lamar: NIT Season Tipoff begins

Kansas State will take on the Lamar Cardinals in the first game in the Midwest Regional of the NIT Season Tipoff.

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K-State to face Lamar in NIT Season Tip-Off

Kansas State will play Lamar in the first round of the NIT Season Tip-Off in November.

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