The NIT wasn’t the preferred postseason destination for the Panthers, but Milwaukee made the most of the chance while they could. The NIT berth came about after the Panthers dropped a heartbreaking, 65-62, contest to UIC in the championship game of the Horizon League Tournament at the U.S. Cellular Arena. Milwaukee got the chance to put on a better show at home when they drew a home game with Rice to open the NIT. After falling down early, it was all Panthers in the contest, as Milwaukee rolled to a 91-63 win over the Owls. That win set a date with another Western Athletic Conference foe, Boise State, in Nampa, Idaho. In that contest, the Panthers trailed by as many as 16 points in the second half before pulling within one with 29 seconds left. But, two BSU free throws pushed the edge back to three and Milwaukee could not score on its final possession.
|Marcus Conigliaro||Joe Czechowicz||Boo Davis||Nick Hansen||Chris Hill||Jered Hokenson|
|Luke Homan||Adam Finley||Kalombo Kadima||Ed McCants||Jason McCoy||Nate Mielke|
|Dylan Page||Mark Pancratz||Rob Sanders||Adrian Tigert||Joah Tucker||James Wright|