Press release courtesy WVU Athletic Communication
The 2016 NIT Season Tip-Off at Barclays Center features a Thanksgiving afternoon semifinal doubleheader of Temple vs. Florida State, followed by Illinois vs. West Virginia onThursday, November 24. All four teams will return to action on Friday, November 25, when a championship will be awarded.
Temple, making its sixth NIT Season Tip-Off appearance, and West Virginia, making its third appearance in the event, return to Barclays Center, where both teams played in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. After earning a bid to the 2016 Postseason NIT, Florida State will make its third appearance in the early season version this year. Illinois will be making its debut appearance in the tournament.
|Thu, Nov 24||12:30 p.m.||Temple vs. Florida State||ESPN2 or ESPNU|
|2:30 p.m.||Illinois vs. West Virginia||ESPN2 or ESPNU|
|Fri, Nov 25||12:30 p.m.||3rd Place Game||ESPNU|
Each of the four championship round teams will also host two non-bracketed games on campus as part of the event. The complete schedule of the campus-site games will be announced at a later date.
Tickets for the NIT Season Tip-Off at Barclays Center will go on sale Friday, July 22, at 10 a.m. and can be purchased via Ticketmaster by visiting www.barclayscenter.com, orwww.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center beginning Saturday, July 23, at noon. Tickets are available for groups by calling 855-GROUP-BK.
Now in its second year at Barclays Center, the NIT Season Tip-Off has been played in New York each November since 1985. Defending NCAA National Champion Villanova won the event in 2015.
The NIT Season Tip-Off is owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN. For more information, please visit the event’s official website at www.nitseasontipoff.com.
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