The NIT Season Tip-Off schedule for this upcoming season has been released, and it’s headlined by two high-major NCAA Tournament teams from a season ago in Villanova and Arkansas.
Jay Wright’s Wildcats lead the way, featuring what will likely be a top-15 team next season including returning Big East Player of the Year Ryan Arcidiacono, center Daniel Ochefu, and incoming five-star freshman Jalen Brunson. They’ll face Stanford, last season’s postseason NIT champion, in the semifinals on Nov. 26. The other pre-set semifinal, featuring Arkansas and Georgia Tech, will also be played on that date, with the two winners meeting in the championship game on Nov. 27.
The semifinals and finals this season will be played at the Barclays Center after previously being held at Madison Square Garden since 1985. It was also announced that the event will be held at Barclays Center in 2016 and in 2018 as well, with the 2017 iteration being held at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island.
NIT Season Tip-Off
Barclays Center — Brooklyn, N.Y.
Arkansas vs. Georgia Tech, 2 p.m.
Villanova vs. Stanford, 4:30 p.m.
Championship, 3 p.m.
Prior to the Championship Round games, there will be 12 other games played at designated campus sites. East Tennessee State, Akron, Charleston Southern and Green Bay also will be playing in the event with the four other teams mentioned above. Here is the full schedule of those games.
Green Bay at Stanford
Charleston Southern at Stanford
Green Bay at East Tennessee State
Akron at Arkansas
Green Bay at Georgia Tech
East Tennessee State at Villanova
Charleston Southern at Arkansas
Akron at Villanova
East Tennessee State at Georgia Tech
Akron at Green Bay
East Tennessee State at Charleston Southern
Charleston Southern at Akron