The primary spherical of the NIT is over and the quarterfinals are set. Saturday’s first-round video games concluded with No. 1 seed Memphis holding off No. 4 seed Dayton 71-60 and No. 4 seed Mississippi State upsetting No. 1 seed Saint Louis 74-68. These outcomes imply that simply two of the 4 No. 1 seeds within the 16-team match escaped the primary spherical.
All 4 quarterfinal video games shall be performed Thursday evening, beginning with No. 2 Richmond taking over Mississippi State. The Bulldogs could have had visions of creating the NCAA Event when the season started, however they will at the least take solace in figuring out they lasted longer within the NIT than arch rival Ole Miss.
The Rebels have been the opposite No. 1 seed that didn’t escape the primary spherical as they suffered a 70-61 loss to No. 4 seed Louisiana Tech.
A handful of groups opted out of consideration, however the NIT nonetheless managed to assemble a stable 16-team discipline. The highest 4 seeds — Colorado State, Memphis, Saint Louis and Ole Miss — have been all groups with compelling instances for at-large bids to the NCAA Event that have been not noted of the sector of 68. The NIT is often a 32-team match that features on-campus video games earlier than the final 4 groups head to Madison Sq. Backyard in New York to determine the champion. However because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the sector was reduce in half and the match is happening solely within the suburbs of Dallas, Texas.
Right here is the full bracket.
2021 NIT schedule
All instances ET | All video games in Dallas space
- No. 2 Richmond vs. No. 4 Mississippi State, 6 p.m.
- No. 1 Colorado State vs. No. 3 NC State, 7 p.m.
- No. 1 Memphis vs. No. 2 Boise State, 9 p.m.
- No. 3 Western Kentucky vs. No. 4 Louisiana Tech, 10 p.m.
Semifinals: March 27
Third-place recreation: March 28
Championship: March 28
- No. 3 NC State 75, No. 2 Davidson, 61
- No. 2 Boise State 85, No. 3 SMU 84