16 teams are chosen and each must be from a different conference. The top-eight teams are seeded with the top-four seeds hosting the preliminary rounds and the remaining 12 teams assigned to sites based on geographic proximity. Each team in the field is guaranteed to play four games in the NIT Season Tip-Off.
First and second rounds will be played as doubleheaders on Nov. 12 and 13 hosted by the top-four seeds – Michigan, Virginia, Kansas State and Pittsburgh. The additional invited teams are assigned to a regional based on geographic proximity when applicable. The team in each region that wins two games will advance to the semifinals and championship round at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Nov. 21 and 23. The other 12 teams will be split among the three highest remaining seeds which will host doubleheaders on Nov. 19 and 20.
The three highest seeded teams not advancing to the semifinals will host doubleheaders on Nov. 19 and 20. The matchups for the consolation games will be pre-determined and will not be based on wins/losses to ensure no rematches from the earlier rounds.
Semifinals/Championship (Consolation Game)
New York’s historic Madison Square games will host a total of four games as part of the NIT Season Tip-Off. A semifinal doubleheader will begin at 7 p.m. ET Nov. 21. The losing teams from the semifinals will play in a consolation game on Nov. 23, with the Championship Game scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.
Future Dates and Sites
First and Second Rounds (4): Nov. 18-19 or Nov. 19-20 – Campus Sites
Consolation Rounds (3): Nov. 25-26 – Campus Sites
Semifinals and Final: Nov. 27 and 29 – Madison Square Garden, New York City
First and Second Rounds (4): Nov. 17-18 or Nov. 18-19 – Campus Sites
Consolation Rounds (3): Nov. 24-25 – Campus Sites
Semifinals and Final: Nov. 26 and 28 – Madison Square Garden, New York City
The NIT Selection Committee will conduct selections for the 2013 Postseason NIT, March 15-17. Any regular-season champion of an NCAA Division I conference (as determined by the conference’s tie-break protocol) not otherwise selected to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship will secure an automatic qualification into the NIT. The committee will then select the best available teams to fill the 32-team NIT field. Once selected teams are seeded and placed into one of four eight-team regions.
First, Second and Quarterfinal Rounds
The first three rounds of the NIT are hosted at the campus site of one of the participating teams. For each game, the higher-seeded team will have the first option host unless logistical circumstances preclude such an opportunity. First-round games will be played March 19 and 20. Second-round games can be played March 21-25 and quarterfinal games will be played March 26 and 27.
The 2013 Postseason NIT will be in its 76th season at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. On Tuesday, April 2, the four quarterfinal winners will square off with the Championship scheduled for Thursday, April 4.
Future Dates and Sites
First, Second and Quarterfinal Rounds: March 18-26 – Campus Sites
Semifinals and Final: April 1 and 3 – Madison Square Garden, New York City
First, Second and Quarterfinal Rounds: March 17-25 – Campus Sites
Semifinals and Final: March 31 and April 2 – Madison Square Garden, New York City