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 


  • ESPN networks to air all 31 games
  • Semifinals and Championship Games at Madison Square Garden

The 80th annual National Invitation Tournament (NIT) will air exclusively on ESPN networks beginning with the first round (March 14-15), followed by the second round (March 16-20) and quarterfinals (March 21-22), all from campus locations. The NIT will conclude on ESPN with the semifinals (March 28) and championship (March 30) games from New York’s historic Madison Square Garden with Bob Wischusen and Fran Fraschilla will be on the call of the games.

The NIT opens with NCAA Tournament bubble team Syracuse against UNC Greensboro, the automatic qualifier from the Southern Conference on Tuesday, March 14 (ESPN, 7 p.m.), followed by a matchup between the Big Ten’s Indiana at the ACC’s Georgia Tech (ESPN, 9 p.m.). Wednesday’s action includes automatic qualifiers – Illinois State of the Missouri Valley against UC Irvine of the Big West (ESPNU, 9:30 p.m.).

The complete 32-team field was announced on ESPNU’s NIT Selection Special (March 12).  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.

NIT Field Highlights

  • 1 Seeds: California, Illinois State, Iowa and Syracuse
  • 20+ Wins: 21 teams in the field have at least 20 victories with Illinois State and Monmouth both recording 27 wins on the season
  • Conferences: A total of 20 (of 32) Division I conferences are represented
  • Automatic Qualifiers: 10 teams were automatic qualifiers by virtue of winning their conference’s regular-season title
Conference Team
Big West UC Irvine
Horizon Oakland
Metro Atlantic Monmouth
Mid-American Akron
Missouri Valley Illinois State
Ohio Valley Belmont
Summit South Dakota
Southern UNC Greensboro
Sun Belt UT Arlington
Western Athletic CSU Bakersfield
  • At Large Bids: 22 teams received at-large bids
Conference Team
American Athletic Houston
Atlantic Coast Clemson
Georgia Tech
Big Ten Illinois
Big 12 TCU
Colonial Athletic College of Charleston
 Atlantic-10 Richmond
Horizon Valparaiso
Mountain West Boise State
Colorado State
Fresno State
Pac-12 California
SEC Alabama
Ole Miss
West Coast BYU

First-Round NIT Coverage (Schedule subject to change)

Date Time Game and Commentators Network
Tues, Mar 14 7 p.m. UNC Greensboro at Syracuse

Rich Hollenberg, Mark Plansky

  Ole Miss at Monmouth

Jay Harris, Rob Kennedy

7:15 p.m. Valparaiso at Illinois

Doug Sherman, Sean Harrington

  8 p.m. Oakland at Clemson

Roy Philpott, Stephen Howard

  9 p.m. Indiana# at Georgia Tech

Mike Morgan, Paul Biancardi

  Charleston at Colorado State

Trey Bender, Richie Schueler

  9:15 p.m. Richmond at Alabama

Dave Neal, Dalen Cuff

  10 p.m. Boise State at Utah

Sam Farber, Corey Williams

  11:15 p.m. CSU Bakersfield at California

Roxy Bernstein, Miles Simon

Wed, Mar 15 7 p.m. South Dakota at Iowa

Kevin Brown, Bryndon Manzer

Belmont at Georgia

Dave Weekley, Stan Lewter

Colorado at UCF

Drew Fellios, Mark Wise

7:30 p.m. Akron at Houston

Alex Faust, Reid Gettys

8 p.m. Fresno State at TCU

Jim Barbar, Mike O’Donnell

9 p.m. UT Arlington at BYU

Eric Rothman, Corey Williams

9:30 p.m. UC Irvine at Illinois State

Mitch Holthus, Mark Adams


# – Indiana is the home team, despite playing at Georgia Tech




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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