The semifinals of the National Invitational Tournament get underway on Tuesday in Madison Square Garden. The Baylor Bears and BYU Cougars will face off in the first semi; the Maryland Terrapins and Iowa Hawkeyes battle in the second.
Although all of these teams would have rather been in the NCAA Tournament, a trip to the world's most famous basketball arena is not a bad consolation prize. Both semifinal games will be aired on ESPN2. The NIT championship game is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET on Thursday and will be broadcast on ESPN.
Semifinal 1 - Baylor vs. BYU, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Baylor (21-14, 9-9 Big 12), a No. 2 seed in its bracket, advanced to the semifinals with a 79-68 win over Providence. They will face BYU (24-11, 10-6 WCC), a No. 3 seed that easily knocked off top-seeded Southern Mississippi 79-62 in its quarterfinal game.
Semifinal 2 - Maryland vs. Iowa, 9 p.m., ESPN2
Maryland (25-12, 8-10 ACC) advanced to the semifinals as a No. 2 seed with a wild 58-57 victory over No. 1 seed Alabama. The Terrapins will face Iowa (24-12, 9-9 Big Ten), the third seed in their region, who defeated Maryland's ACC rival Virginia, 75-64 in the quarterfinals. The Terrapins lost both their regular season games against UVA.
The complete NIT bracket can be found here.