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March 13, 2007 at 12:35 PM

More interesting NIT news

This involves the 2007 pre-season NIT, in which the Huskies are scheduled to play.
And the ironies could just continue to abound.
After not being invited to the post-season version, UW could find itself hosting the opening rounds of the pre-season edition next fall.
The NIT announced today that it is going back to on-campus sites for the first two rounds. Washington has been in talks with the NIT to host, at either KeyArena or the Everett Events Center and I’m sure would love to host it at Hec Ed now that that appears to be a viable option, as well.
Here is the official release from the NIT.
NEW YORK — The 2007 NIT Season Tip-Off will return to campus sites to assure the student body and local fans can be part of the action. The format guarantees each team at least two games. The announcement was made by Committee Chair C.M. Newton and Greg Shaheen, President of the NIT, L.L.C.
“The NIT Selection Committee made the decision to return to campus sites and play a two-night doubleheader format after reviewing feedback from the sites, participating institutions and conferences from this year’s event. It is in the best interest of the NIT and college basketball to make the change to insure the high quality of teams that have participated in the tournament in the past,” Newton and Shaheen explained.
The NIT Season Tip-Off, founded in 1985, was originally played in neutral arenas and a year later, moved to campus sites, where single games were played. The format remained the same until last year, when the contests were moved to neutral sites and teams were guaranteed two games.
The first round of the 2007 NIT Season Tip Off begins on November 12 and 13. Second-round action will take place on November 14 and 15. The four remaining teams will square off in the semi final doubleheader at New York’s Madison Square Garden on November 21 with the championship doubleheader to follow on November 23. ESPN will once again provide television coverage of the event.

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