NIT Season Tip-Off

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North Carolina vs. Tennessee, Third Place Game, November 24, 2006

The NIT Season Tip-Off is an annual college basketball tournament that takes place in November of each year, around the beginning of the season. The first two rounds are held at campus sites and the semifinals and the finals are held at Madison Square Garden. The tournament began in 1985 as the Preseason NIT, so called to distinguish it from the post-season NIT. In 2005, the NCAA purchased the Men's Preseason and Postseason NIT and renamed the November tournament the NIT Season Tip-Off. The tournament remains one of the most well-known preseason tournaments, along with the Maui Invitational and the Great Alaska Shootout.

The tournament had a new format in 2006.[1] The first two rounds were held at regional "common sites" instead of campus sites, making the format more like the postseason NCAA Tournament. The semifinals and finals were still held at Madison Square Garden. In 2006, the common sites were Charlotte, N.C., Nashville, Tenn., Indianapolis and Spokane, Wash. The tournament returned to its previous format in 2007 then returned to the 2006 format in 2009.

On September 3, 2014 a new format was announced for the NIT Season Tip-Off. The NIT Season Tip-Off will no longer be a bracketed event and instead will be a classic with set semifinal matchups at Madison Square Garden in New York, after the NCAA could only get eight teams in the field instead of 16, a source told ESPN. The NCAA-run event will add a new wrinkle due to the reduced field and feature a showcase at MSG on Thanksgiving day with the other four teams, not in the championship. Teams in the NIT Season Tip-Off will play four games at campus sites prior to the eight teams' arrival in New York.[2]

Past championship games[edit]

2014[edit]

[3]

Semifinals
November 26
Championship
November 28
ESPN2
           
  Minnesota 61
  St. John's 70
  St. John's 66
10 Gonzaga 73
  Georgia 76
10 Gonzaga 88
3rd Place Game
ESPNU
     
  Minnesota 66
  Georgia 62

Thanksgiving Day Games[edit]

2013[edit]

First Round
November 18
Quarterfinals
November 19
Semifinals
November 27
ESPNU/ESPN2
Championship
November 29
ESPN
                       
1 Arizona 100
Fairleigh Dickinson 50
1 Arizona 87
5 Rhode Island 59
5 Rhode Island 66
Metro State 63
1 Arizona 66
8 Drexel 62
4 Rutgers 66
Canisius 51
4 Rutgers 59
8 Drexel 70
6 Elon 64
8 Drexel 71
1 Arizona 72
2 Duke 66
3 Alabama 102
Stillman College 65
3 Alabama 75
Georgia State 58
Georgia State 96
McNeese State 70
3 Alabama 64
2 Duke 74
2 Duke 91
UNC Asheville 55
2 Duke 83
7 East Carolina 74
7 East Carolina 76
Norfolk State 74

*All Times Eastern [4]

2012[edit]

First Round
November 12
Quarterfinals
November 13
Semifinals
November 21
Championship
November 23
ESPN
                       
1 Michigan 91
IUPUI 54
1 Michigan 77
7 Cleveland State 47
7 Cleveland State 79
Bowling Green 73
1 Michigan 67
4 Pittsburgh 62
4 Pittsburgh 86
Fordham 51
4 Pittsburgh 78
5 Lehigh 53
5 Lehigh 89
6 Robert Morris 60
1 Michigan 71
3 Kansas State 57
3 Kansas State 79
Lamar 55
3 Kansas State 87
Alabama-Huntsville 26
North Texas 75
Alabama-Huntsville 78
3 Kansas State 66
8 Delaware 63
2 Virginia 54
Fairfield 45
2 Virginia 53
8 Delaware 59
8 Delaware 84
  Penn 69

*All Times Eastern [5]

2011[edit]

First Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Championship
                       
1 Syracuse 95
Manhattan 56
1 Syracuse 98
Albany 74
Albany 77
Brown 68
1 Syracuse 69
4 Virginia Tech 58
4 Virginia Tech 91
Monmouth 46
4 Virginia Tech 78
FIU 63
5 George Mason 76
FIU 79
1 Syracuse 69
3 Stanford 63
3 Stanford 75
Fresno State 59
3 Stanford 64
7 Colorado State 52
7 Colorado State 75
SMU 56
3 Stanford 82
2 Oklahoma State 67
2 Oklahoma State 73
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 46
2 Oklahoma State 90
8 UTSA 85
6 Oral Roberts 77
8 UTSA 78

[6]

2010[edit]

First Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Championship
                       
1 Villanova 84
Marist 47
1 Villanova 82
Boston University 66
7 George Washington 67
Boston University 76
1 Villanova 82
4 UCLA 70
4 UCLA 79
Pepperdine 69
4 UCLA 57
Pacific 44
8 Nevada 53
Pacific 64
1 Villanova 68
2 Tennessee 78
3 Wake Forest 63
Hampton 56
3 Wake Forest 69
5 VCU 90
5 VCU 67
Winthrop 54
5 VCU 72
2 Tennessee 77
2 Tennessee 85
Belmont 76
2 Tennessee 60
6 Missouri State 56
6 Missouri State 80
Arkansas State 71

[7]

2009[edit]

First Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Championship
                       
1 Duke 74
Coastal Carolina 49
1 Duke 101
8 Charlotte 59
8 Charlotte 75
Elon 61
1 Duke 64
4 Arizona State 53
4 Arizona State 84
Texas State 62
4 Arizona State 52
7 TCU 49
7 TCU 83
Cal State Northridge 65
1 Duke 68
2 Connecticut 59
3 LSU 56
Indiana State 45
3 LSU 71
5 WKU 67
5 WKU 69
Milwaukee 65
3 LSU 55
2 Connecticut 81
6 Hofstra 68
Yale 63
6 Hofstra 67
2 Connecticut 76
2 Connecticut 77
Colgate 63

[8]

2008[edit]

First Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Championship
                       
E1 Boston College 90
E4 Loyola (MD) 57
E1 Boston College 82
E2 St John's 70
E2 St John's 86
E3 Cornell 75
E1 Boston College 64
M1 Purdue 71
M1 Purdue 87
M4 Eastern Michigan 58
M1 Purdue 78
M3 Loyola 46
M2 Georgia 53
M3 Loyola (IL) 74
M1 Purdue 82
S1 Oklahoma 87
W1 Arizona 75
W4 Florida Atlantic 62
W1 Arizona 71
W2 UAB 72
W2 UAB 64
W3 Santa Clara 61
W2 UAB 67
S1 Oklahoma 77
S1 Oklahoma 94
S4 Mississippi Valley State 53
S1 Oklahoma 82
S2 Davidson 78
S2 Davidson 99
S3 James Madison 64

2007[edit]

First Round Quarterfinals Semifinals Championship
                       
E1 Syracuse 97
E4 Siena 89
E1 Syracuse 72
E2 St. Joseph's 69
E2 St. Joseph's 86
E3 Fairleigh Dickinson 66
E1 Syracuse 65
M1 Ohio State 79
M1 Ohio State 91
M4 Wisconsin-Green Bay 68
M1 Ohio State 68
M2 Columbia 54
M2 Columbia 47
M3 Delaware State 41
M1 Ohio State 47
S1 Texas A&M 70
W1 Washington 88
W4 NJIT 47
W1 Washington 83
W2 Utah 77
W2 Utah 77
W3 High Point 64
W1 Washington 63
S1 Texas A&M 77
S1 Texas A&M 67
S4 Oral Roberts 53
S1 Texas A&M 81
S2 UTEP 76
S2 UTEP 77
S3 Texas A&M-CC 62

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