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NIT 2023: Bracket, schedule, and scores
Here’s the full bracket, schedule and scores for this year’s tournament.
It’s NIT TIME BABY! (extremely Dick Vitale voice). The National Invitational Tournament is upon us, and while many teams will be disappointed they’re in competition to become the best bridesmaid of March, rather than the bride, there’s still a lot of pride to play for.
Each year the NIT features one major snub who becomes the favorite to run the table. This year it’s Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights had every ounce of justification to be in the NCAA tournament, but were pushed just outside the bubble.
That doesn’t mean a Rutgers win should be considered a foregone conclusion. Yes, they’re a very good team — but last year Texas A&M was the huge NCAA snub and ended up losing to Xavier 73-72 in the NIT final.
The big edge the NIT has always held over the NCAA tournament is atmosphere. Sure, playing at big independent sites brings money and parity to the sport, but there’s something to be said for keeping the on-campus atmosphere like the NIT does. It’s for this reason that the seeded teams get to play at home to open the tournament, with the campus sites hosting until the quarterfinals are complete. Curiously you’ll see that this omits Oklahoma State, who have to travel despite being a No. 1 seed because of a prior commitment on campus to host the NCAA Wrestling Championships.
The 2023 NIT Schedule
Tuesday, March 14
- Hofstra 88, No. 1 Rutgers 86 OT
- No. 3 Michigan 90, Toledo 80
- No. 4 UAB 88, Southern Miss 60
- No. 3 Liberty 62, Villanova 57
- No. 2 Vanderbilt 71, Yale 62
- No. 2 Wisconsin 81, Bradley 62
- Eastern Washington 81, No. 4 Washington State 74
- No. 3 Colorado 65, Seton Hall 64
Wednesday, March 15
- No. 1 Oklahoma State 69, Youngstown State 64
- UCF 67, No. 4 Florida 49
- Morehead State 68, No. 1 Clemson 64
- No. 2 North Texas 69, Alcorn 53
- No. 3 Sam Houston 58, Santa Clara 56
- No. 4 Cincinnati 81, Virginia Tech 72
- Utah Valley 83, No. 2 New Mexico 69
- No. 1 Oregon vs. UC Irvine | 11 p.m. | ESPN2
Saturday, March 18
- No. 3 Michigan vs. No. 2 Vanderbilt | 12 p.m. | ESPN
Sunday, March 19
Tuesday, March 21
Wednesday, March 22
Tuesday, March 28
Thursday, March 30