2007 NIT Tip-Off field and sites announced

The
16-team field for the 2007 Dick’s Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off Tournament
was announced.

“We
are quite pleased with the caliber of teams in this year’s event and we look
forward to another exciting start to college basketball with the NIT,”
commented C.M. Newton, chair of the NIT Committee. The NIT Season Tip-Off,
founded in 1985, will feature all first- and second-round contests at campus
sites. All teams in the tournament are guaranteed at least two games. ESPN will
provide coverage of the event, televising games on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU.

The East
Regional will take place on November 12 and 13 at

Syracuse
University.
The first round doubleheader will showcase the Syracuse Orangemen against the
Saints of Siena College while
St. Joseph’s
University will square off against

Fairleigh

Dickinson
University.
The championship and consolation games follow the next day.

In the
West Regional on November 13, the
University
of
Washington will host New Jersey
Institute of Technology in the first game while the
University
of
Utah takes on

High Point
University
in the second contest. The championship and consolation game will take place on
November 14.

The
Midwest Regional will take place at
Ohio

State
University
on November 12 when the Buckeyes play the
University
of
Wisconsin Green-Bay and
Columbia
University
faces

Delaware
State
University.
The championship and consolation game will take place on November 13.

In the
South Regional,
Oral
Roberts
University
will visit
Texas
A&M

University and the
University of
Texas,

El Paso will play
Texas

A&M
University,

Corpus Christi.
The South region will play on November 13 and 14.

The
Tournament will culminate in
New York’s

Madison
Square
Garden
with the semi final doubleheader tipping at 7 p.m. ET on November 21 (ESPN2).
The championship doubleheader will be played on November 23, with the
consolation game starting at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN with the championship game
tipping at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

The post
season NIT was founded in 1938 by a group of

New York City sportswriters while the NIT
Season Tip-Off, formerly known as the preseason NIT, started in 1985. An
independent at-large committee chooses the field for both events. Since the
inception of the two Tournaments, tens of thousands of student-athletes and
coaches have participated. Visit www.nit.org for more details on Tournament
history, selection committee and procedures.

Courtesy
NCAA