It’s match time!
Let’s prepare to bounce, it’s time for the Nationwide Invitational Event. Okay, I do know, the NIT won’t be as horny as its massive brother, but it surely’s a chief alternative for a bubble group to stay it to the NCAA choice committee and show why they belonged, or for a small college to play their very own Cinderella.
This 12 months we’ve got one colossal case of a group snubbed. Texas A&M was neglected of the sector of 68, regardless of having a seemingly stronger case than a number of of the groups who made it into the NCAA discipline. Making an enormous run within the NIT and slicing down the nets could be chilly consolation, however no less than it could supply some bragging rights.
The format for the NIT goes to look very acquainted. We’ve got a 32 group discipline single-elimination match, however the massive distinction is the intimate really feel to begin proceedings. The match will start at gather campuses for the primary three rounds, then transfer to Madison Sq. Backyard in New York Metropolis for the semi-finals and the NIT Championship Recreation.
It’s typically neglected how influential the NIT might be to a program’s future. Certain, in terms of a group like Texas A&M or Wake Forest it’s actually a comfort prize — however for among the smaller faculties within the tourney it presents important nationwide publicity, recognition, and a key recruiting software. The purpose for everybody is making it to the massive dance, and whereas we are inclined to concentrate on the groups within the discipline as a result of they missed out, it’s additionally necessary to see the NIT as a stepping stone for the long run.
Right here is your full 2022 NIT Bracket
The 2022 NIT Schedule
Tuesday, March 15
1 Oklahoma vs. Missouri State — 7 p.m. ET, ESPNU
4 Vanderbilt vs. Belmont — 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2
3 VCU vs. Princeton — 7 p.m. ET, ESPNU
2 North Texas vs. Texas State — 8 p.m. ET, ESPNU
2 Xavier vs. Cleveland State — 9 p.m. ET, ESPNU
1 Texas A&M vs. Alcorn State — 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2
4 Utah State vs. Oregon — 9 p.m. ET, ESPN
4 Colorado vs. St. Bonaventure — 11 p.m. ET, ESPN2
4 Washington State vs. Santa Clara — 11 p.m. ET, ESPNU
Wednesday, March 16
1 Dayton vs. Toledo — 7 p.m. ET, ESPN+
3 Mississippi State vs. Virginia — 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2
2 Wake Forest vs. Towson — 7 p.m. ET, ESPN+
1 SMU vs. Nicholls — 8 p.m. ET, ESPN+
3 Saint Louis vs. Northern Iowa — 8 p.m. ET, ESPN+
2 BYU vs. Lengthy Seashore State — 9 p.m. ET, ESPN+
3 Florida vs. Iona — 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2