For plenty of males’s faculty basketball applications, their goals of taking part in within the NCAA event have been shattered over the previous few days.
However that doesn’t imply their seasons are over.
The Nationwide Invitation Event, or NIT, is again for yet one more yr. Billed as “Faculty Basketball’s Starting,” the NIT is the oldest — and was at one time essentially the most prestigious — postseason event in faculty basketball.
Over time, the format for the NIT has advanced. Whereas Madison Sq. Backyard in New York Metropolis was as soon as the house for the ultimate rounds, the NCAA has moved the NIT to Las Vegas for the 2023 season. Orleans Area in Las Vegas will host the 2023 semifinals, in addition to the championship recreation, with UNLV because the host college.
For the 2024 NIT, Butler will act because the host college, with the semifinals and the championship recreation being performed at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse.
In one other change for the 2023 NIT, the highest 16 groups within the discipline — particularly the highest 4 in every pod — might be seeded. The remaining 16 groups might be chosen into the bracket geographically, the place attainable.
Since 2017, the regular-season champion for every convention can discover a residence within the NIT, if they didn’t win their convention event. These regular-season champions have already accepted bids to the NIT: Japanese Washington, Hofstra, Youngstown State, Bradley, Morehead State, and Alcorn State.
The primary spherical is about to happen on March 14-15 at campus websites, with the second spherical on March 18-19 and the third spherical on March 21-22. These video games as nicely might be held on campus websites. The 2023 NIT semifinals are scheduled for March 28 at Orleans Area on ESPN, and the 2023 NIT Championship recreation is about for March 30 at Orleans Area, and might be broadcast on ESPN2.
The whole NIT might be broadcast on ESPN, with video games on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU, however first we have to see who might be within the discipline. Right here’s the small print for how one can watch on Sunday, after the NCAA Event has been chosen. You’ll have the ability to wager on the NIT at DraftKings Sportsbook as soon as the bracket is settled.
Date: Sunday, March 12
Time: 10 p.m. ET
Streaming: Watch ESPN and ESPN+