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NIT 2019: Bracket, schedule, and scores

It’s NIT season!

ACC Basketball Tournament - Second Round Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

The Texas Longhorns have won the NIT, beating Lipscomb in the Championship Game, 81-66.


It’s mid-March, which means it’s time to get the 2019 NIT started. After the full 32-team field was announced following the larger NCAA Tournament announcement on Selection Sunday, we have a complete picture of who will be competing in the second-most prestigious college basketball tournament.

And we have all the information you need to know, from the rule changes here to the rest of the information in this article, including the format, stakes, bracket, schedule and updated scores throughout the tournament.

The format

A single-elimination tournament featuring a field of 32 teams, it’s structured similarly to the Big Dance itself. There are four quadrants of eight teams apiece, with the first three rounds taking place at campus sites before the semifinals and finals move to Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The stakes

While it’s not the NCAA Tournament, it’s the next-best thing. All 32 teams in the NIT field surely would have preferred a trip to the Big Dance, but in lieu of that, the NIT remains a tournament that teams fight for. They want to win it, and no amount of making of it will change that. It’s extra exposure and revenue for teams, and really, there are no losers here. Except the teams that lose. They’re losers. Sorry.

The bracket, schedule, and scores

ESPN has broadcast rights for the NIT, with coverage spread across its networks. ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and live streaming via ESPN3 and WatchESPN will get you every game on the schedule.

Round 1

Tuesday, March 19

Campbell 69, UNC Greensboro 84
Lipscomb 89, Davidson81
Hofstra 78, NC State 84
Saint Francis (PA) 72, Indiana 89
Wright State 69, Clemson 75
San Diego 60, Memphis 74
Arkansas 84, Providence 72
South Dakota State 73, Texas 79
Loyola Chicago 61, Creighton 70
Dayton 73, Colorado 78

Wednesday, March 20

Harvard 71, Georgetown 68
Norfolk State 80, Alabama 79
Toledo 64, Xavier 78
Wichita State 76, Furman 70
Sam Houston State 69, TCU 82
Butler 76, Nebraska 80

Round 2

Friday, March 22

Creighton 79, Memphis 67

Saturday, March 23

Indiana 63, Arkanas 60
Lipscomb 86, UNC Greensboro 69

Sunday, March 24

Wichita State 63, Clemson 55
Xavier 76, Texas 78
Harvard 77, NC State 78
Nebraska 72, TCU 88

Monday, March 25

Norfolk State 60, Colorado 76

Round 3

Tuesday, March 26

Wichita State 73, Indiana 63
Creighton 58, TCU 71

Wednesday, March 27

Lipscomb 94, NC State 93
Colorado 55, Texas 68

Semifinals

April 2

Wichita State 64, Lipscomb 71
Texas 58, TCU 44

Championship

April 4

Lipscomb 66, Texas 81