|UAPB to face Oklahoma State in NIT Season Tip-Off|
|July, 2011 News|
The University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff has drawn second-seeded Oklahoma State as a first round opponent in the 2011 Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-OFF. The field was announced today by NIT selection committee chair C.M. Newton.
UAPB is the only HBCU to make the field of 16 schools for the 27th annual tournament.
Two-time champion Syracuse headlines the field featuring Albany (America East), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (SWAC), Brown (Ivy), Colorado State (Mountain West), Florida International (Sun Belt), Fresno State (WAC), George Mason (Colonial), Manhattan (MAAC), Monmouth (Northeast), Oklahoma State (Big 12), Oral Roberts (Summit), SMU (Conference USA), Stanford (Pac-12), Texas-San Antonio (Southland) and Virginia Tech (ACC).
The first- and second-round doubleheaders will be played November 14-16 on the campuses of the four highest-seeded teams-- Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma State and Stanford. The winners of the preliminary rounds advance to the semifinals, which take place in New York City’s Madison Square Garden November 23. The consolation and championship games will be played November 25.
The remaining teams will play third- and fourth-round doubleheaders November 21-22 on the campuses of the three highest remaining seeds. Participating teams will not play any team twice, and the third- and fourth-rounds will be assigned to the most geographically compatible site.
“This year, we have two former champions with Syracuse (1988, 2001) and Oklahoma State (1991) along with teams that have experienced success in the postseason," said Newton. "There is also a good number of young clubs on the rise."
This tournament has been an early showcase of the best in college basketball, and many times you see our teams competing deep in the NCAA Championships come March.” The sites and pairings are as follows:
In August of 2005, the NIT, LLC, which is under the umbrella of the NCAA, assumed control of the post season NIT and the NIT Season Tip-Off Tournament. The post season NIT was founded in 1938 by a group of New York City sportswriters while the NIT Season Tip-Off, formerly known as the preseason NIT, started in 1985. An independent at-large committee chooses the field for both events.
ESPN will provide coverage throughout the event, televising games on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.com. Games on ESPN and ESPN2 will be simulcast on ESPN3.com.
|Last Updated ( Wed Jul 20, 2011 - 11:04pm )|