Rhody On a Crash Course With Arizona in Preseason NIT?
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
The bracket for the 2013 Preseason NIT has been released and the 5th-seeded Rhody Rams will be heading out west to Tuscon, Arizona to meet Metro State on November 18th in the opening round. Should the Rams win that game, they would likely meet top-seeded Arizona in round two for the right to go to New York's Madison Square Garden. You can click here to see the official bracket for the preseason NIT.
Here is the official press release on the tournament:
ARIZONA, DUKE, ALABAMA AND RUTGERS HEADLINE NIT SEASON TIP-OFF
INDIANAPOLIS---Arizona (Pac-12), Duke (ACC), Alabama (Southeastern) and Rutgers
(American Athletic) are the top four seeds for the 2013 NIT Season Tip-Off field, as announced today by NIT selection committee chair C.M. Newton.
The 29th annual tournament will also feature number five-seed Rhode Island (Atlantic 10), sixseed Elon (Southern), seven-seed East Carolina (Conference USA) and eight-seed Drexel (Colonial). Canisius (Metro Atlantic), Fairleigh Dickinson (Northeast), Georgia St. (Sun Belt), McNeese St. (Southland), Metro St. (RMAC), Norfolk State (MEAC), UNC Asheville (Big South) and Stillman (SIAC) complete the field.
“Year after year the NIT Season Tip-Off proves to be a showcase for outstanding teams, and this year is no different,” said Newton, a member of the Naismith Hall of Fame and in his ninth year as
chair of the NIT. “We won’t be surprised at all to see these teams competing deep in the NCAA Championship come March.”
The first- and second-round doubleheaders will be played Nov. 18 and 19 on the campuses of the four highest-seeded teams – Arizona, Duke, Alabama and Rutgers. The winners of the preliminary rounds advance to the semifinals at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, Wednesday, Nov. 27. The consolation and championship games will be played Nov. 29.