ESPN Platforms Set to Air all 31 Games of the National Invitation Tournament Beginning March 19

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ESPN Platforms Set to Air all 31 Games of the National Invitation Tournament Beginning March 19

  • First Round Games Begin March 19 Across ESPN Platforms
  • Semifinals and Championship live from Hinkle Fieldhouse April 2 and 4
  • ESPN Platforms to Air All 31 Games; All Linear Games Stream on ESPN+

ESPN is once again the exclusive home of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), with the first round (March 19-20), second round (March 23-24), quarterfinals (March 26-27), semifinals (April 2) and championship (April 4) set to air across ESPN platforms. First round games through the quarterfinals will originate from campus sites, while the semifinals and championship games will be played at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

The complete 32-team field was announced on ESPN2’s NIT Selection Special featuring Zubin Mehenti, Dalen Cuff and Tom Crean on Sunday, March 17. The full bracket is available here.

NIT action begins Tuesday, March 19, with nine games across ESPN platforms, followed by the remaining seven first-round games being contested on Wednesday, March 20. A full schedule of first round matchups with commentator assignments is available below.

The semifinals will be held Tuesday, April 2, at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., on ESPN and ESPN2, respectively, followed by the championship game on Thursday, April 4, at 7 p.m. on ESPN from Hinkle Fieldhouse.

All games will also be available via the ESPN App via TV Everywhere credentials and stream on ESPN+. Additional men’s postseason college basketball updates will be forthcoming, and the schedule is subject to change. Please continue to check @ESPNPR and ESPN Press Room for more information.

Date Time (ET) Event Network
Tue, Mar. 19 7 p.m. NIT First Round
Xavier at Georgia
Roy Philpott, Richard Hendrix
ESPN
  7 p.m. NIT First Round
Cornell at Ohio State
Tom Hart, Randolph Childress
ESPN2
  7 p.m. NIT First Round
Boston College at Providence
Robert Lee, Tim Welsh
ESPNU
  7 p.m. NIT First Round
North Texas at LSU
Mike Morgan, Mark Wise
SEC Network
  9 p.m. NIT First Round
Kansas State at Iowa
Pete Sousa, Jess Settles
ESPN
  9 p.m. NIT First Round
Richmond at Virginia Tech
Doug Sherman, Cory Alexander
ESPN2
  9 p.m. NIT First Round
Minnesota at Butler
Myron Medcalf, Tom Crean
ESPNU
  9 p.m. NIT First Round
South Florida at UCF
John Schriffen, Perry Clark
ESPN+
  11 p.m. NIT First Round
UC Irvine at Utah
Dave Feldman, Corey Williams
ESPN2
Wed, Mar. 20 7 p.m. NIT First Round
Saint Joseph’s at Seton Hall
Mike Corey, Fran Fraschilla
ESPN2
  7 p.m. NIT First Round
Loyola at Bradley
Jordan Bernfield, Scott Williams
ESPN+
  7 p.m. NIT First Round
SMU at Indiana State
David Saltzman, Kevin Lehman
ESPN+
  8 p.m. NIT First Round
UNLV at Princeton
Derek Jones, Noah Savage
ESPN+
  8 p.m. NIT First Round
Appalachian State at Wake Forest
Wes Durham, Paul Biancardi
ESPN+
  9 p.m. NIT First Round
VCU at Villanova
Dave Leno, Mark Adams
ESPN2
  9 p.m. NIT First Round
San Francisco at Cincinnati
Eric Rothman, Mike O’Donnell
ESPN+
Sat, Mar. 23 11:30 a.m. NIT Second Round ESPN2
Sun, Mar. 24 2 p.m. NIT Second Round ESPN2
  4 p.m. NIT Second Round ESPN2
  7:30 p.m. NIT Second Round ESPNU
  9 p.m. NIT Second Round ESPN2
  9:30 p.m. NIT Second Round ESPNU
Sat, Mar. 23 OR Sun, Mar. 24 TBD NIT Second Round TBD
  TBD NIT Second Round TBD
Tue, Mar. 26 7 p.m. NIT Quarterfinals ESPN
  9 p.m. NIT Quarterfinals ESPN
Wed, Mar. 27 7 p.m. NIT Quarterfinals ESPN2
  9 p.m. NIT Quarterfinals ESPN2
Tue, Apr. 2 7 p.m. NIT Semifinal #1 ESPN
  9:30 p.m. NIT Semifinal #2 ESPN2
Thu, Apr. 4 7 p.m. NIT Championship ESPN
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