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NIT 2022: Bracket, schedule, and scores

It’s tournament time!

Let’s get ready to dance, it’s time for the National Invitational Tournament. Okay, I know, the NIT might not be as sexy as its big brother, but it’s a prime opportunity for a bubble team to stick it to the NCAA selection committee and prove why they belonged, or for a small school to play their own Cinderella.

This year we have one colossal case of a team snubbed. Texas A&M was left out of the field of 68, despite having a seemingly stronger case than several of the teams who made it into the NCAA field. Making a big run in the NIT and cutting down the nets would be cold comfort, but at least it would offer some bragging rights.

The format for the NIT is going to look very familiar. We have a 32 team field single-elimination tournament, but the big difference is the intimate feel to start proceedings. The tournament will begin at collect campuses for the first three rounds, then move to Madison Square Garden in New York City for the semi-finals and the NIT Championship Game.

It’s often overlooked how influential the NIT can be to a program’s future. Sure, when it comes to a team like Texas A&M or Wake Forest it’s really a consolation prize — but for some of the smaller schools in the tourney it offers critical national exposure, recognition, and a key recruiting tool. The aim for everyone is making it to the big dance, and while we tend to focus on the teams in the field because they missed out, it’s also important to see the NIT as a stepping stone for the future.

Here is your complete 2022 NIT Bracket

The 2022 NIT Schedule

Tuesday, March 15

(All scores final)

Oklahoma 89, Missouri State 72

Vanderbilt 82, Belmont 71

VCU 90, Princeton 79

North Texas 67, Texas State 63

Xavier 72, Cleveland State 68

Texas A&M 74, Alcorn State 62

Oregon 83, 4 Utah State 72

St. Bonaventure 76, Colorado 68

Washington State 63, Santa Clara 50

Wednesday, March 16

Dayton 74, Toledo 55

Virginia 60, Mississippi State 57

Wake Forest 74, Towson 64

SMU 68, Nicholls 58

Northern Iowa 80, Saint Louis 68

BYU 93, Long Beach State 72

Florida 79, Iona 74

2022 NIT schedule: second round

Saturday, March 19

Texas A&M 75, Oregon 60

Wake Forest 80, VCU 74

BYU 90, Northern Iowa 71

Sunday, March 20

Xavier 72, Florida 56

Washington State 75, SMU 63

Vanderbilt 70, Dayton 68, overtime

Virginia 71, North Texas 69, overtime

St. Bonaventure 70, Oklahoma 68

NIT Quarterfinals scores: March 22

St. Bonaventure 52, Virginia 51

Xavier 75, Vanderbilt 73

NIT Quarterfinals schedule: March 23

Texas A&M 67, Wake Forest 52

Washington State 77, BYU 58

NIT Semifinals schedule: Tuesday, March 29

Xavier 84, St. Bonaventure 77

Washington State 72, Texas A&M 56

NIT Finals schedule: Tuesday, March 31

Xavier 73, Texas A&M 72