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. 18 and 19 hosted by the top-four seeds – Arizona, Duke, Alabama and Rutgers. 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. 27 and 29. The other 12 teams will be split among the three highest remaining seeds which will host doubleheaders on Nov. 25 and 26.
The three highest seeded teams not advancing to the semifinals will host doubleheaders on Nov. 25 and 26. 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. 27. The losing teams from the semifinals will play in a consolation game on Nov. 29, with the Championship Game scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
Future Dates and Sites
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