Men’s College Basketball: ESPN Exclusively Present the National Invitation Tournament 

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Men’s College Basketball: ESPN Exclusively Present the National Invitation Tournament 

  • Semifinals and Championship Games at Madison Square Garden

The National Invitation Tournament (NIT) will continue with second-round games Saturday, March 18 through Monday, March 20 on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU from campus sites. The lone game on Saturday, features Ole Miss at Syracuse at 11 a.m. (ESPN).

Sunday’s games begin at noon, with Belmont traveling to Georgia Tech (ESPN), followed by TCU at Iowa at 5 p.m. (ESPN2) and Oakland at Richmond at 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU). Monday features a doubleheader on ESPN beginning with UCF at Illinois State at 7 p.m., followed by Boise State at Illinois.

The 80th annual NIT will continue with the quarterfinals (March 21-22) from campus locations and finish with the semifinals (March 28) and championship (March 30) from New York’s historic Madison Square Garden with Bob Wischusen, Fran Fraschilla and Kris Budden will be on the call of the games.

All NIT games will also be available through WatchESPN, accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and streaming devices to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider. The complete bracket is available here 

Second-Round NIT Coverage (Schedule subject to change)

Date Time Game and Commentators Network
Sat, Mar 18 11 a.m. Ole Miss at Syracuse

Bob Wischusen, Fran Fraschilla

Sun, Mar 19 Noon Belmont at Georgia Tech

Tom Hart, Dalen Cuff

  5 p.m. TCU at Iowa

Kevin Fitzgerald, Kyle Macy

7:30 p.m. Oakland at Richmond

Mike Corey, Mark Plansky

Mon, Mar 20 7 p.m. UCF at Illinois State

Mitch Holthus, Mark Adams

  8 p.m. Akron at UT Arlington

Rich Hollenberg, Reid Gettys

  9 p.m. Boise State at Illinois

Doug Sherman, Stephen Howard

  11:15 p.m. CSU Bakersfield at Colorado State

Roxy Bernstein, Miles Simon






Rachel Margolis Siegal

As part of the College Sports PR team at ESPN, it has been an exciting adventure for me since I joined the worldwide leader in July 2010, working on college football, college basketball, college lacrosse and WNBA properties. I began my love of sports as the manager of several high school sports teams and continued that hobby into college. While at Quinnipiac, I worked in the Sports Information Department, which led me to a summer internship at the New Haven Ravens, a AA baseball team, and an eventual job with the Athletic Communications Department at the University of Connecticut. After my five-year stint at Connecticut, I spent six years as Director of Communications at the BIG EAST Conference in Providence, R.I. before joining ESPN.
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