The NIT will feature 32 of the country's best non-NCAA Tournament teams vying for a consolation prize over the next two weeks.
The tournament will wrap up with a championship game at Madison Square Garden on March 31. Before that, though, the tournament's four eight-team quadrants will have to sort out champions to send to New York for the NIT's version of the Final Four. That process continues Wednesday, with the single-elimination tournament's second set of games.
Wednesday's seven games feature two of the NIT's four No. 1 seeds -- teams that just barely missed out on NCAA berths. Monmouth faces Bucknell, while St. Bonaventure faces Wagner. In the NIT, the higher seed hosts almost every game until the semifinals, so the high seeds get the benefit of an extra home game (or three) as the tournament rolls on. (North Florida hosted higher seed Florida on Tuesday, because the Gators' arena is being renovated.)
Here's Wednesday's schedule. All times are Eastern:
No. 1 St. Bonaventure vs. No. 8 Wagner, 7 p.m., ESPN3
No. 3 Georgia vs. No. 6 Belmont, 7 p.m., ESPN2
No. 1 Monmouth vs. No. 8 Bucknell, 7:30 p.m., ESPN3
No. 3 Virginia Tech vs. No. 6 Princeton, 8 p.m., ESPNU
No. 4 George Washington vs. No. 5 Hofstra, 8 p.m., ESPN3
No. 4 Georgia Tech vs. No. 5 Houston, 9 p.m., ESPN2
No. 2 BYU vs. No. 7 UAB, 10 p.m., ESPNU
Every game can be streamed on WatchESPN.
For reference, here's a printable bracket.