The NCAA Tournament is not the only college basketball to be played in March. For those teams that do not get an offer to compete in March Madness, there is the 2021 National Invitational Tournament.
It may not be the end goal for all Division I teams at the start of the season, but any opportunity to play basketball beyond the regular season is something to be seized, especially after COVID-19 completely denied the teams. players, coaches and entire fan bases. opportunity in 2020.
That begins with the reveal of the 2021 NIT bracket. While it will lack the fanfare of the NCAA Tournament selection program, it marks the continuation of several seasons of lucky teams.
Sporting News has everything you need to know for the NIT 2021 group covered: date, time, TV channel and more.
When is NIT support revealed in 2021?
- Date: Sunday March 14
- Time: 8:30 pm ET
The National Invitational Tournament draw is scheduled to be revealed at 8:30 pm ET on Sunday, March 14, following the reveal of the NCAA Tournament draw.
On which channel is NIT support shown?
ESPNU will release support, reduced from 32 teams to 16 in 2021, at 8:30 p.m. ET. It can be streamed through ESPN.com or fuboTV, offering a seven-day free trial.
Selection format NIT 2021
The NIT will have a new selection format in 2021. The NCAA announced on Monday, March 1 the tournament will be reduced from 32 teams to just 16 – essentially eliminating a game round – due to COVID-19.
Also, the tallest seeds will not host the lowest seeds in previous rounds; instead, Conference USA and the University of North Texas will co-host NIT 2021, which will take place in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. Comerica Center (Frisco, Texas) and UNT Coliseum (Denton, Texas) will serve as venues for the 2021 NIT. Specific venues are being finalized for each round.
In previous years, any team that won their conference regular season title but was not selected for the NCAA Tournament would be awarded an automatic place in the tournament. After that, the rest of the teams were selected as general offers after the reveal of the NCAA tournament pool. Due to the small field this year, the tournament will consist entirely of at-larges.
A possible quirk regarding the 2021 NIT could arise as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic: On February 26, the NCAA published protocols to replace the NCAA Tournament teams in the event that one or more are unable to participate. due to coronavirus. Assuming that’s the case, after support has been established but before the game begins, the NCAA will rank the top four and, in descending order, allow them the chance to replace a team as a general offering. Those teams would be considered 1-seeded in the NIT, otherwise.
If that happens, the NIT will likely simply go up a second place to replace them, adding more equipment as needed and moving them up the seeded line.
Schedule NIT 2021
The 2021 NCAA Tournament begins on Thursday, March 18, and each First Four game will take place on a single day (as opposed to previous years, which took place over the course of two days). March Madness will continue as usual from there, culminating in the Final Four and the national championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 3 and 5, respectively.
|Round 1||March 17-20|
|Quarter finals||March 25th|
|Game for third place *||28th March|
* First time played since 2003
When is the first round of the NIT?
16 teams will meet over the course of four days from Wednesday March 17 to Saturday March 20. The 2021 NIT will advance to the quarterfinal round on March 25.
When is the NIT championship round?
The NIT championship will take place on March 28, one day after the semifinals; The losers from the last round will play a match for third place, the first time since 2003.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.