Men's Hoops Playing In 2009 Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off

Aug. 12, 2009

Marking its 25th anniversary, the 2009 Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off Tournament bracket was announced Wednesday by C.M. Newton, chair of the NIT Selection Committee, and Arizona State will host Southland Conference member Texas State on Nov. 16 in the West Regional. TCU, coached by former Herb Sendek assistant Jim Christian, takes on Cal State Northridge in the other game at Wells Fargo Arena with the winners meeting the next night with a trip to New York City at stake.

The regional games will be played on November 16 and 17, the consolation bracket will take place on November 23 and 24 (sites to be determined), and the Championship round comes to New York City's Madison Square Garden for the 'First Four' semifinal and final doubleheaders, November 25 and 27. The NIT Season Tip-Off assures every participating team four games once again this year.

First- and second-round games will be played at the home campus of the four highest-seeded teams. The winners of those sites will move onto New York City. The remaining 12 teams will play third- and fourth-round games on the home campus sites 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 possible.

ESPN will provide coverage throughout the event, televising games on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU. Games on ESPN and ESPN2 will be simulcast on ESPN360.'Anyone who is a fan of college basketball knows the storied history behind this tournament - the foundation of the great fields started with the first NIT in 1985, when three of the NCAA Final Four® teams that played in March met in the NIT Season Tip-Off championships at Madison Square Garden, a kind of 'First FourTM,' commented Newton, a College Basketball Hall of Fame member.

The East Regional will take place at Duke where the Blue Devils, three time champions of the NIT Season Tip-Off (1985, 2000, 2005), will play Big South Conference member Coastal Carolina, while Charlotte, from the Atlantic 10 Conference, will face Southern Conference representative Elon University.

The SEC has LSU hosting the South Regional, and the Tigers will tip against Indiana State from the Missouri Valley Conference, while Western Kentucky, who finished second in the 1986 NIT Season Tip-Off, will play the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, from the Horizon League.

In the North Regional, UCONN, twice a third-place finisher in the NIT Season Tip-Off (1997, 2003), is the host against the Patriot League's Colgate, while Hofstra, from the Colonial Athletic Association faces Yale.com

About the NIT
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 filed for both events. Since the inception of the two Tournaments, tens of thousands of student-athletes and coaches have participated. Visit www.nit.org for more details on Tournament history, selection committee and procedures.

About the NCAA
The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 400,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA Championships in Division I, II and III sports. Visit www.ncaa.org for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes.

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