NIT Season Tip-Off

Virginia, Seton Hall, Rhode Island, Vandy in NIT Tip-Off

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NEW YORK (AP) — Virginia and Vanderbilt will meet in one semifinal of the NIT Preseason Tip-Off on Thanksgiving Day at Barclays Center.

Rhode Island and Seton Hall face off in the other semifinal with the winners meeting on Friday, Nov. 24.

This is the third straight year the Tip-Off has been held at Barclays Center. Eventual NCAA champion Villanova won the event in 2015. All games will be televised on ESPNU.

Non-bracketed teams in the NIT Season Tip-Off who will play games at campus sites are: Austin Peay, Fairleigh Dickinson, Monmouth, Oakland City and UNC Asheville.

Looking for gems in NIT Season Tip-Off

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Let’s go three-for-three on college basketball TV news for Monday, shall we?

ESPN announced its lineup for the 24-hour hoops marathon and the Hoosier Classic finally returned (as the Crossroads Classic). That leaves the NIT Season-Tip Off. Here’s a tip: Skip the first round.

Villanova vs. Marist? Wake vs. Hampton? Boston vs. GW? Pass. About the only region with any interesting opening-round games is the West – UCLA-Pepperdine and Nevada-Pacific. The latter is a matchup of two mid-majors eyeing NCAA tournament berths, while the Bruins face one of the game’s true highlight-reel players in Keion Bell.

Then it gets better.

A potential Tennessee-Missouri State matchup is a stumbling block for the Vols. The Bears return all but one player from a 24-win team. Same goes for VCU vs. Wake. But I’ll be stunned if anyone stops Villanova from raising the trophy.

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