The college basketball season is around the corner. That means we are about to be hit with a bevy of preseason tournaments to whet the appetite. Enter the glory of the NIT Preseason Tipoff.
We are without NBA basketball, but that hardly means we need to mope around the house waiting for exciting hoops. Starting on November 14th, we will get a myriad of games with some reputable programs.
Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma State and Stanford lead the way in top-tier hoops action that I will savor in the wake of a looming NBA lockout.
Featured Teams: Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma State and Stanford
Other Participating Teams: Manhattan, Albany, Brown, Monmouth, George Mason, FIU, Fresno State, Colorado State, SMU, Ark.-Pine Bluff, Oral Roberts and UTSA
Format: The 14th-16th will deliver a great deal of hot college basketball action. The four brackets come together for the semifinals on the following week. Friday, the 25th, will be dedicated to the Finals and consolation game.
All Times Eastern. TV and ESPN3 streaming when available.
|NORTH: Syracuse, N.Y.|
|Manhattan at Syracuse||Nov. 14, 7 p.m.||ESPNU|
|Albany vs. Brown|| Nov. 14, 4 p.m. |
| North Consolation || Nov. 15, 4 or 7 p.m. || ESPN3|
| North Championship ||Nov. 15, 4 or 7 p.m.|| ESPN3|
|EAST: Blacksburg, Va.|
|Monmouth at Virginia Tech||Nov. 14, 7 p.m.||ESPN3|
|George Mason vs. FIU||Nov. 14, 9:30 p.m.||ESPN3|
|East Consolation||Nov. 15, 6 or 8:30 p.m.||ESPNU|
|East Championship||Nov. 15, 6 or 8:30 p.m.||ESPNU|
|WEST: Palo Alto, Calif.|
|Fresno State at Stanford||Nov. 14, 11 p.m.||ESPNU|
|Colorado State vs. SMU||Nov. 14, 8 p.m.|
|West Consolation||Nov. 15, 8 or 11 p.m.||ESPNU|
|West Championship||Nov. 15, 8 or 11 p.m.||ESPNU|
|MIDWEST: Stillwater, Okla.|
|Ark.-Pine Bluff at Oklahoma State||Nov. 15, 8 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Oral Roberts vs. UTSA||Nov. 15, 10:30 p.m.|
|Midwest Consolation||Nov. 16, 8 or 10:30 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Midwest Championship||Nov. 16, 8 or 10:30 p.m.||ESPN3|
|SEMIFINALS: New York|
|Semifinal 1||Nov. 23, 7 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Semifinal 2||Nov. 23, 9 p.m.||ESPN2|
|FINAL: New York|
|Consolation Game||Nov. 25, 2:30 p.m.|
|Final||Nov. 25, 5:00 p.m.||ESPN/ESPN2|