The 2013 NIT Tournament field has been announced, as told to the masses during a selection shown live nationally on ESPNU. The tournament, which kicks off on March 19th, features a slew of big name programs, including defending NCAA Champion Kentucky.
John Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats grabbed a No. 1 seed in the NIT field, in addition to Alabama, Virginia, and Southern Miss.
The tournament begins Tuesday on location, on the campus of the higher seeds, with exception of the Kentucky-Robert Morris game. Due to UK’s Rupp Arena playing host to the NCAA Tournament, the Wildcats will travel to Pittsburgh to play at Robert Morris.
From there, the teams will wind through the brackets, with the semifinals and finals being held at Madison Square Garden in New York on April 2nd and 4th.
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Kentucky Bracket | Upper Left
No. 1 Kentucky at No. 8 Robert Morris*
No. 4 Providence vs. No. 5 Charlotte
No. 3 Arizona State vs. No. 6 Detroit
No. 2 Baylor vs. No. 7 Long Beach State
*played at Robert Morris due to Rupp Arena being used for the NCAA Tournament.
Southern Miss Bracket | Lower Left
No. 1 Southern Miss vs. No. 8 Charleston Southern
No. 4 Florida State vs. No. 5 Louisiana Tech
No. 3 BYU vs. No. 6 Washington
No. 2 Tennessee vs. No. 7 Mercer
Alabama Bracket | Upper Right
No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 8 Northeastern
No. 4 Stanford vs. No. 5 Stephen F. Austin
No. 3 Denver vs. No. 6 Ohio
No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 7 Niagara
Virginia Bracket | Lower Right
No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 8 Norfolk State
No. 4 St. Joesph’s vs. No. 5 St. John’s
No. 3 Iowa vs. No. 6 Indiana State
No. 2 UMass vs. No. 7 Stony Brook