One of the most prestigious and exciting college basketball preseason tournaments is the Preseason NIT. Created in 1985, the Preseason NIT always features teams that are sure to make some noise come March. Just last year, Final Four crasher VCU made it to the NIT semifinals in Madison Square Garden.
The breakdown of the Preseason NIT is quite simple. There are 16 teams, which are broken into 4 pods. Each of the pods is hosted by the highest-ranked team. The winner of each pod then makes it to Madison Square Garden for the semifinals and finals.
This is the first of a four-part series taking an in-depth look at each pod. Today, we are looking at the North Regional, which features Syracuse and Albany and takes place in the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York.