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NIT Tournament 2017: Live scores, bracket, and schedule

Texas Christian University blew out Georgia Tech in the NIT championship game.

March 30

TCU wins 2017 NIT championship: Kenrich Williams had 25 points, 12 rebounds and four steals, leading the No. 4 TCU Horned Frogs over the No. 6 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the title game, 88-56.

March 28

No. 4 Texas Christian University will play in title game: The Horned Frogs had to overcome a slight halftime deficit to defeat the University of Central Florida Golden Knights, 68-53, and punch their ticket to the NIT championship game.

No. 6 Georgia Tech advances to finals: The Yellow Jackets put up a strong first half to keep CSU-Bakersfield at bay as they picked up a convincing 76-61 victory to advance to the NIT championship game.

March 22

No. 4 UCF pulls off the upset: The UCF Knights jumped out to a 34-19 halftime advantage and rode that to a victory over the No. 2 Illinois Fighting Illini, 68-58.

No. 8 CSU Bakersfield holds on: The Roadrunners almost blew a double-digit lead in the final minutes, but managed to beat the No. 6 UT Arlington Mavericks, 80-76.

March 21

No. 6 Georgia Tech edges Ole Miss: Georgia Tech managed to get a slim halftime lead and then fought off No. 5 Ole Miss to keep the advantage and earn the victory, 74-66.

No. 4 TCU advances: It was a pretty one-sided contest from the start as Texas Christian pulled ahead of No. 6 Richmond, 41-26, in the first half before finishing the job for an 86-68 victory.

March 20

No. 8 CSU Bakersfield rains 3s in win over Colorado State: CSU Bakersfield hit 11 three-pointers, including four from Damiyne Durham, to knock off the No. 4 Rams. Jaylin Airington put up 19 points, three assists, and three steals in the victory.

No. 2 Illinois comes alive to beat Boise State: The Broncos led by a point at halftime, but the Fighting Illini closed out the game with a 22-6 run to advance to the quarterfinals. Tracy Abrams led all scorers with 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting.

No. 6 UT Arlington crushes Akron: The Mavericks got out to a double-digit lead in the first half and held it for the remainder of a 85-69 win. They had six players score double-digits, led by Kaelon Wilson with 18 points.

No. 4 UCF knocks out No. 1 Illinois State: B.J. Taylor hit a pair of free throws with one second remaining to give the Knights a 63-62 win. Taylor finished the game with 22 points and five assists, and center Tacko Fall added eight points and 14 rebounds.

March 19

No. 6 Richmond holds serve at home: The Spiders trailed by seven points with 7:27 left in the game, but Richmond advanced to the NIT quarterfinals with an 87-83 win over Oakland, behind 25 points, nine rebounds and six assists from T.J. Cline.

No. 1 Iowa falls in overtime: The Hawkeyes were the third top seed to fall in the NIT, losing to No. 4 TCU in overtime, 94-92, behind 20 points and 11 assists from guard Alex Robinson.

No. 6 Georgia Tech easily moves on: The next round of the NIT will come easier for some than others, and Georgia Tech made it look very easy with a 71-57 victory over No. 7 Belmont.

March 18

No. 5 Ole Miss stuns Syracuse: It goes to show that you don’t have to be ranked No. 1 to be the team to walk away with a victory as Ole Miss toppled No. 1 Syracuse, 85-80.

March 15

No. 1 Syracuse beats UNC-Greensboro: This game being played a day later due to the snowstorm hitting New York didn’t affect the Orange who, beat No. 8 UNC-Greensboro 90-77.

No. 4 UCF wins at home: Hosting the No. 5-seeded Colorado Buffaloes, the Knights advance to the next round with a 79-74 victory.

No. 7 Belmont upsets No. 2 Georgia: The Bruins beat the higher-seeded Bulldogs 78-69, and they’ll face No. 6 Georgia Tech in the next round.

No. 7 Akron defeats No. 2 Houston: We saw our second No. 2 vs. No. 7 upset, with the Zips beating Houston 78-75.

No. 4 TCU defeats No. 5 Fresno State: The Horned Frogs won on their home floor 66-59. TCU goes on to face No. 1 Iowa.

No. 1 Iowa beats No. 8 South Dakota: On a night with some upsets, there wasn’t one here, with the Hawkeyes winning 87-75.

No. 1 Illinois State gets the victory: The Redbirds beat No. 8 UC Irvine 85-71, and they’ll face No. 6 Boise State next.

No. 6 UT-Arlington upsets No. 3 BYU: The Mavericks’ 105-89 victory sets up a No. 6 vs. No. 7 matchup in the second round with Akron.

March 14

No. 2 Illinois wins: Illinois wasn’t about to let their first-round game slip through their fingers as they cruised to a convincing 82-57 victory over No. 7 Valparaiso.

No. 5 Ole Miss gets a victory: It looks like Ole Miss is taking the NIT very seriously as they put up a solid 91-83 win over No. 4 Monmouth.

No. 7 Oakland earns the upset: The folks at Oakland University are no doubt excited tonight as their squad picked up a decent upset over No. 2 Clemson, 74-69.

No. 4 Colorado State moves on: Colorado State used a strong first half performance to keep enough distance between them and No. 5 Charleston to earn a 81-74 win.

No. 6 Georgia Tech wins: It looks like Georgia Tech is moving on thanks to a 75-63 victory over No. 3 Indiana.

No. 6 Richmond keeps playing: Apparently being seeded sixth is the key to first-round NIT wins as Richmond upset No. 3 Alabama, 71-64.

No. 6 Boise State earns win: It’s another sixth seed topping another No. 3 with Boise State heading to the next round with a 73-68 victory over Utah.

No. 8 Cal-Bakersfield defeats top seed: Looks like there’s a Cinderella in this year’s NIT, and it’s CSUB, which defeated No.1 seed California, 73-66.

Here’s a look at the bracket:

The NIT

Despite a snub-free NCAA tournament Selection Show, the NIT still managed to work out some drama. All it had to do was troll Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim.

Boeheim made headlines last week after bashing the traditional home of the ACC Tournament —Greensboro, N.C. It was a feud he quickly lost.

Boeheim seemingly got the last laugh here though, with his team defeating UNC-Greensboro on Wednesday night.

The NIT pounced on the opportunity to grab a few headlines with its first-round matchups. Top-seeded Syracuse will open up the nation’s second-most prestigious basketball tournament with a showdown against ... UNC-Greensboro. While the Orange won’t have to travel back to Boeheim’s least-favorite college basketball hub, he’ll no doubt have to deal with plenty of questions about the outburst leading up to Tuesday’s game.

Syracuse isn’t the only program to be relegated to the postseason’s second tier by a burst bubble. Iowa, California, Indiana, and Georgia Tech headline the upper crust teams whose inability to make waves in their respective conference tournaments cost them a shot at the Big Dance. They’ll be joined by mid-major standouts like Illinois State, Monmouth, and Belmont — three teams whose weak league schedules gave them few opportunities to claim the quality wins that mean so much to the Selection Committee.

A mid-major team at the top of the bracket after the tournament final would turn last year’s aberration into a trend. Power 5 conference programs have won four of the last five NITs, a streak broken by George Washington last spring. The Redbirds will have the opportunity to stand up for the little guys again in 2017 after drawing a top seed, but will have to get through a quadrant that features Central Florida (and 7’6 center Tacko Fall), Utah, and in-state rival Illinois first..

This year’s NIT will also serve as a testing ground for some new NCAA basketball rules. The tournament will put the following changes in place — and if they’re deemed successful, they could be a part of the game in 2017-18 and beyond.

  • Each half will be broken into two 10-minute segments.
  • Team fouls reset at the end of each 10-minute segment.
  • Teams can accrue four fouls per segment before going into the bonus. Each additional foul will result in the double bonus (two free throws).
  • In overtime, the foul limit drops from four to three.
  • When a dead-ball stoppage results in an inbound play from the possessing team’s front court, the shot clock will be reduced from 30 to 20 seconds.