Washington 1 of 4 Early Hosts in NIT Season Tip-Off

Aug. 2, 2007

NEW YORK (AP) -Ohio State, which was ranked No. 1 entering the NCAA tournament and went on to lose to Florida in the title game, will be one of the four early round hosts for the NIT Season Tip-Off.

Syracuse, Washington and Texas A&M will be the other first- and second-round sites for the 16-team tournament, it was announced Thursday.

Ohio State will play Wisconsin-Green Bay on Nov. 12, with Columbia playing Delaware State in the other game. The second round will be Nov. 13.

Also on Nov. 12-13 at Syracuse, Siena will face the host school while Saint Joseph's faces Fairleigh Dickinson.

The other early rounds will be Nov. 13-14.

New Jersey Tech will be at Washington with Utah playing High Point in the other game, while Oral Roberts is at Texas A&M with Texas-El Paso playing Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the other game.

The semifinals and finals will be at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 21 and 23.

The postseason tournament started in 1938, while the preseason version began in 1985.