ESPN Networks set to air all 31 games of the National Invitation Tournament beginning March 15

First round games scheduled for ESPN networks March 15 and 16

Semifinals and Championship live from MSG March 29 and 31

ESPN will once again be the exclusive home of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), with the first round (March 15-16), second round (March 19-20), quarterfinals (March 22-23), semifinals (March 29) and championship (March 31) set to air across ESPN networks. First round games through the quarterfinals will originate from campus sites, while the semifinals and championship games will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The complete 32-team field was announced on ESPNU’s NIT Selection Special on Sunday, March 13. The full bracket is available here.

When does the NIT begin?

NIT action begins Tuesday, March 15, with nine games across ESPN networks, followed by the remaining seven first-round games being contested on Wednesday, March 16. A full schedule of first round matchups with commentator assignments is available below.

The semifinals will be held Tuesday, March 29, at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., on ESPN and ESPN2, respectively, followed by the championship game on Thursday, March 31, at 7 p.m. on ESPN. The commentator crew of John Schriffen, Fran Fraschilla and Myron Medcalf will call the semifinal and championship games live from MSG.

All games will also be available via the ESPN App. Additional men’s postseason college basketball updates will be forthcoming, and the schedule is subject to change. Please continue to check @ESPNPR and ESPN Press Room for more information.

DateTime (ET)MatchupNetwork
Tue, March 157 p.m.NIT First RoundMissouri State at No. 1 OklahomaMark Neely, Fran FraschillaESPN
  NIT First RoundBelmont at No. 4 VanderbiltDave Neal, Cory AlexanderESPN2
  NIT First RoundPrinceton at No. 3 VCUDoug Sherman, Noah SavageESPNU
 8 p.m.NIT First RoundTexas State at No. 2 North TexasDavid Saltzman, Lance BlanksESPN+
 9 p.m.NIT First RoundOregon at No. 4 Utah StateRoxy Bernstein, Corey WilliamsESPN
  NIT First RoundAlcorn State at No. 1 Texas A&MTom Hart, Mark WiseESPN2
  NIT First RoundCleveland State at No. 2 XavierMike Corey, King McClureESPNU
 11 p.m.NIT First RoundSt. Bonaventure at No. 4 ColoradoDave Feldman, Eldridge RecasnerESPN2
  NIT First RoundSanta Clara at No. 4 Washington StateChuckie Kempf, Adrian BranchESPNU
Wed, March 167 p.m.NIT First RoundNo. 3 Mississippi State at VirginiaDoug Sherman, Daymeon FishbackESPN2
  NIT First RoundTowson at No. 2 Wake ForestDerek Jones, Bryndon ManzerESPN+
  NIT First RoundNo. 1 Dayton at ToledoJay Alter, Richie SchuelerESPN+
 8 p.m.NIT First RoundNicholls at No. 1 SMUJohn Schriffen, Perry ClarkESPN+      
  NIT First RoundNorthern Iowa at No. 3 Saint LouisTed Emrich, Kevin LehmanESPN+
 9 p.m.NIT First RoundIona at No. 3 FloridaMike Morgan, Tim WelshESPN2
  NIT First RoundLong Beach State at No. 2 BYURoxy Bernstein, Corey WilliamsESPN+
Sat, March 19NoonNIT Second RoundESPN
Sun, March 201 p.m.NIT Second RoundESPN
 7:30 p.m.NIT Second RoundESPNU
 9:30 p.m.NIT Second RoundESPNU
Sat or Sun, March 19/20TBDNIT Second RoundESPN+
 TBDNIT Second RoundESPN+
 TBDNIT Second RoundESPN+
 TBDNIT Second RoundESPN+
Tue, March 227 p.m.NIT QuarterfinalsESPN
 9 p.m.NIT QuarterfinalsESPN
Wed, March 237 p.m.NIT QuarterfinalsESPN2
 9 p.m.NIT QuarterfinalsESPN2
Tue, March 297 p.m.NIT Semifinal #1John Schriffen, Fran Fraschilla, Myron MedcalfESPN
 9:30 p.m.NIT Semifinal #2John Schriffen, Fran Fraschilla, Myron MedcalfESPN2
Thu, March 317 p.m.NIT ChampionshipJohn Schriffen, Fran Fraschilla, Myron MedcalfESPN

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