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NIT 2021 support: TV programming, start times, live broadcast of each game

With the announcement of the National Invitational Tournament teams on Sunday, the entire NCAA postseason has been set.

The NIT in 2021 will see more than a few changes as the NCAA, not to mention state and local health agencies, tries to navigate the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While not ideal, changes to the NIT are absolutely preferable.

The 2021 participants probably would have preferred their respective seasons to end with a dose of March Madness – that’s true for several notable snubs from the NCAA Tournament – but the National Invitational Tournament could serve as a starting point for teams looking take the next step. in 2021-22. Rather, it could be a last chance for glory as players graduate or take their talents to the next level.

PLUS: Watch NIT games live on fuboTV (7-day free trial)

Whatever the setting, any basketball is worth watching in March. Here’s everything you need to know to watch the NIT in 2021, including dates, times, TV and broadcast options, and site information:

NIT Live Support: How to Watch, Stream

The NIT in 2021 will air on ESPN or ESPN2; Streaming options include or fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.

Round 1 (March 17-20)
Quarterfinals (March 25)
Semifinals (March 27)
Third place, championship games (March 28)

Schedule NIT 2021

Not only will the NIT in 2021 have its team field cut in half, but it will also take place entirely in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, a necessary change as the NCAA attempts to hamper the possible spread of COVID-19. . (In previous years, the NIT featured games on campus for the first three rounds, followed by games at Madison Square Garden for the semifinal and championship rounds.)

Conference USA and North Texas will host the competition this year, with the Comerica Center (Frisco, Texas) and UNT Stadium (Denton, Texas) hosting the tournament. The NCAA is finalizing the details round by round.

Below is a summary of the NIT sites and locations:

Round Date Location Place
Round 1 March 17-20 Frisco, Texas Comerica Center
Denton, Texas UNT Stadium
Quarter finals March 25th Frisco, Texas Comerica Center
Denton, Texas UNT Stadium
Semifinals March 27th Frisco, Texas Comerica Center
Denton, Texas UNT Stadium
Game for third place 28th March Frisco, Texas / Denton, Texas Comerica Center / UNT Stadium
Championship Frisco, Texas / Denton, Texas Comerica Center / UNT Stadium

2021 NIGHT matchups

The NIT has yet to announce the dates of its game times, but has published the matchups for the first round:

First round of the upper left bracket:

  • No. 1 State of Colorado (18-6) vs. No. 4 Buffalo (16-8)
  • No. 2 Davidson (13-8) vs. No. 3 NC State (13-10)

First round of the lower left bracket:

  • No. 1 Memphis (16-8) vs. No. 4 Dayton (14-9)
  • No. 2 Boise State (18-8) vs. No. 3 SMU (11-5)

First round of the upper right bracket:

  • No. 1 Saint Louis (14-6) vs. No. 4 State of Mississippi (15-14)
  • No. 2 Richmond (13-8) vs. No. 3 Toledo (21-8)

First round of the lower right bracket:

  • No. 1 Ole Miss (16-11) vs. No. 4 Louisiana Tech (21-7)
  • No. 2 Saint Mary’s (14-9) vs. No. 3 Western Kentucky (20-7)

2021 NIT schedule, results

The NIT will begin with the first round, which will take place over four days from March 17-20. Each subsequent round will take place over the course of one day, and will conclude with games for third place and the championship on March 28.

Below is the full schedule:

Round 1 (March 17-20)

Quarterfinals (March 25)

Semifinals (March 27)

Game for third place (March 28)

NIT Championship (March 28)

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