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Alabama, Kentucky, Southern Mississippi and Virginia among 32 to Play in NIT across ESPN Networks

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Exclusive coverage of the entire 76th National Invitation Tournament (NIT) begins on Tuesday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN, and continues across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 with coverage of all 31 games. In addition to 5 exclusive ESPN3 games during the first round, every game will be available on WatchESPN.

The NIT Semifinal games from Madison Square Garden will air on ESPN2, Tuesday, April 2,beginning at 7 p.m., and The NIT Championship will follow on Thursday, April 4 at 9 p.m. on ESPN. Play by play commentator Bob Wischusen will be joined by analysts Bill Raftery for the semifinals and Bob Knight for the final game of the tournament.

The 32-team field for the oldest tournament in college basketball was announced Sunday, March 17, during the ESPNU NIT Selection Show and includes teams representing 22 conferences, led by the ACC, Pac-12 and SEC with three selections each. First Round action airs from campus sites with the No.1 seeds Alabama, Southern Mississippi and Virginia competing at home. Defending National Champions, Kentucky, also joins the field as a No. 1 seed, but will play on the road at Robert Morris in Pittsburgh – Coach Calipari’s hometown – due to the unavailability of Rupp Arena.

Seven teams in the 2013 field played in the 2012 tournament, including the defending NIT Champions, Stanford. Three teams are making their first appearance in the tournament – Charleston Southern, Mercer and Norfolk State. St. John’s is making its 29th appearance, the most all time. Eight teams in this year’s field have previously won an NIT title, including St. John’s, which has won a record six championships. Stanford has a chance to join St. John’s (1943, 1944) and South Carolina (2005, 2006) as the only teams to repeat.

2013 NIT First Round Schedule:

Date Time (ET)

Game

Network
Tue, March 19

7 p.m.

NIT First Round: Niagara at Maryland
Mike Patrick & LaPhonso Ellis

ESPN2

 

7 p.m.

NIT First Round: St. John’s at Saint Joseph’s
Mike Crispino & Bob Valvano

ESPNU

 

7:15 p.m.

NIT First Round: Louisiana Tech at Florida State
Rich Hollenberg & Paul Biancardi

ESPN3

 

7:30 p.m.

NIT First Round: Kentucky at Robert Morris
Bob Wischusen, Jimmy Dykes & Allison Williams

ESPN

 

9 p.m.

NIT First Round: Northeastern at Alabama
John Saunders & Bob Knight

ESPN2

 

9 p.m.

NIT First Round: Norfolk State at Virginia
Mitch Holthus & Cory Alexander

ESPNU

 

9:15 p.m.

NIT First Round: Ohio at Denver
Mark Neely & Corey Williams

ESPN3

 

9:30 p.m.

NIT First Round: Washington at BYU
Roxy Bernstein & Sean Farnham

ESPN

 

11 p.m.

NIT First Round: Stephen F. Austin at Stanford
Dave Flemming & Bill Walton

ESPN2

Wed, March 20

7 p.m.

NIT First Round: Indiana State at Iowa
Carter Blackburn and Dan Dakich

ESPN2

 

7:15 p.m.

NIT First Round: Charlotte at Providence
Jason Benetti & Tim Welsh

ESPN3

 

7:15 p.m.

NIT First Round: Stony Brook at UMass
Doug Sherman & Malcolm Huckaby

ESPN3

 

8 p.m.

NIT First Round: Mercer at Tennessee
John Saunders & Bob Knight

ESPNU

 

9 p.m.

NIT First Round: Long Beach State at Baylor
Mark Jones & Fran Fraschilla

ESPN2

 

9:15 p.m.

NIT First Round: Charleston Southern at Southern Mississippi
Roy Philpott & Joe Dean

ESPN3

 

10 p.m.

NIT First Round: Detroit at Arizona State
Joe Davis & Miles Simon

ESPNU

 

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