New Mexico State's Theus to make debut in tourney

NEW YORK -- Duke and Wisconsin-Milwaukee, both of whom
reached the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament last season, lead
the field for the 2005 Preseason NIT.
The Blue Devils, who won the 16-team tournament in 1985 and
2000, will host Boston University in one of four opening-round
games Nov. 14, the NIT said Tuesday.
Wisconsin-Milwaukee, making its debut in the Preseason NIT,
plays at Memphis in one of the four first-round games Nov. 15.
The other games on Nov. 14 have Manhattan at Seton Hall, Sam
Houston State at Missouri and Drexel at Princeton. On Nov. 15,
Miami, Ohio, is at Alabama, Army is at Temple and New Mexico State
is at UCLA.
The second round will be played Nov. 16 and 17 at campus sites,
while the semifinals are at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 23, with
the championship game on Nov. 25.
Duke, which has All-America guard J.J. Redick and center Shelden
Williams returning to join one of the nation's best recruiting
classes, lost to Michigan State in the NCAA's regional semifinals
in March.
Wisconsin-Milwaukee stunned Alabama and Boston College before
losing to top-ranked Illinois in the round of 16. Coach Bruce Pearl
left for Tennessee after the school's most successful season, and
Wisconsin assistant Rob Jeter takes over the program.
Another coach making his collegiate debut in the Preseason NIT
will be New Mexico State's Reggie Theus, an assistant to Rick
Pitino at Louisville. The Cardinals reached the Final Four last
Another coach sure to be under the spotlight when the tournament
gets under way is Temple's John Chaney. The 73-year-old Chaney was
suspended for five games at the end of last season for ordering
rough play by one of his players in a game against Saint Joseph's.
Besides Duke and Wisconsin-Milwaukee, only Alabama and UCLA,
losers in the first round, were in last season's NCAA tournament.
Wake Forest beat Arizona 63-60 in last year's Preseason NIT
championship game.