One of the most prestigious early-season events in college basketball moves to Madison Square Garden this week, as the Preseason NIT champion will be crowned.
The event got started last week with 16 teams, each from a different conference, did battle to determine who would be able to spend Thanksgiving Week in New York City. After 12 games we are down to the Final Four.
Here is an in-depth look at the bracket, teams and all the television information you need to get set for an intense week of college basketball from New York City.
Where: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
When: Wednesday, November 21 and Friday, November 23
Watch: ESPN, ESPN U, ESPN 2
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
|GAME||DATE, START TIME||NETWORK|
|Semifinal No. 1: Kansas State vs. Delaware||Nov. 21 at 7:00 p.m.||ESPN U|
|Semifinal No. 2: Michigan vs. Pittsburgh||Nov. 21 at 9:30 p.m.||ESPN 2|
|Consolation Game: Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser||Nov. 23 at 2:30 p.m.||ESPN|
|Championship Game: Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Loser||Nov. 23 at 4:30 p.m.||ESPN|
All start times listed in ET. Click here for a full look at the 2012 Preseason NIT Bracket.
Kansas State's Path To New York
def. Lamar, 79-55 and Alabama-Huntsville, 87-26
The Wildcats have used their decided size advantage on the inside to knock off smaller schools that can't match their physical style of play. They are one of the best rebounding teams in the country and will have to continue to make good use of their height and superior athleticism against a Delaware squad that prefers to slow the game down and play ball-control offense.
Delaware's Path to New York
def. Penn, 84-69 and Virginia, 59-53
The Fightin' Blue Hens have been a pleasant surprise so far in this tournament. They don't use a lot of flash, but were able to beat up on an overwhelmed Penn team before taking out an ACC opponent in Virginia.
Michigan's Path to New York
def. IUPUI, 91-54 and Cleveland State, 77-47
The Wolverines entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed, and are ranked No. 5 in the country, so this could easily turn into a showcase event for them. They have yet to be tested against a quality opponent, but Pitt should rectify that.
Pittsburgh's Path to New York
def. Fordham, 86-51 and Lehigh, 78-53
In between dominating Fordham and Lehigh and traveling to New York, the Panthers struggled against Oakland. They needed overtime to make it out of that game with their undefeated record intact.
Some might say the Panthers were distracted with Michigan looming. If that's the case, the Panthers better be on their A-game early, because the Wolverines can run with the best teams in the country.