NEW YORK (AP) After being played at Madison Square Garden for 30 years, the NIT Season Tip-Off will move across the East River to Barclays Center in Brooklyn starting with the 2015 edition.
The semifinals will feature Arkansas meeting Georgia Tech and Stanford facing Villanova with the games played Nov. 26 and Nov. 27, and aired on ESPN2 and ESPNU. Stanford won the NIT in April, while Villanova was a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament after winning the Big East regular-season and tournament titles,
The semifinalists will each host two designated campus-site teams before traveling to Brooklyn. The four campus-site teams will be Akron, Charleston Southern, East Tennessee State and Green Bay.
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The NIT Season Tip-Off will be held at Barclays in 2016 and 2018. The 2017 event is scheduled for the soon-to-be-renovated Nassau Coliseum on Long Island.
The postseason NIT will still be played at Madison Square Garden, where it has been since held since 1938.