NIT 2012 Bracket: Stanford, Minnesota Square Off For All The Marbles

Stanford and Minnesota will meet in the NIT finals on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

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NIT Tournament 2012, Drexel Vs. UMass: Dragons Host Minutemen With Final Four Trip On The Line

The Drexel Dragons men's basketball program will try to earn their first trip to the NIT Final Four Tuesday, as they host the UMass Minutemen in a quarterfinal showdown at Daskalakis Athletic Center in Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m. ET on ESPN). The winner advances to the Madison Square Garden, the site of the tournament's semifinals, where they will face either Nevada Wolfpack or Stanford Cardinals next Tuesday.

On Sunday, the Dragons held of the Northern Iowa Panthers, 65-63, to collect the school's second ever NIT victory. Samme Givens netted a game-high 28 points and Chris Fouch netted 14 of his 16 points in the first half.

The Dragons led 33-15 at one point in the first half, however, had their lead trimmed down to two points with less than a minute to play. NIU couldn't complete the comeback, however, as a late-second 3-pointer hit the front of the rim at the end of regulation.

Drexel earned a trip to the Sweet 16 by downing the Central Florida Knights, 81-56, in the first round.

Meanwhile, the Atlantic 10 Conference's Minutemen moved on to the quarterfinals by defeating the top-seeded Seton Hall Pirates, 77-67, on Sunday.

UMass is paced by guard Chaz Williams who's averaging a team-best 16.8 points per game and tallied a game-high 20 points against the Pirates.

Here's all the basic information to watch or listen to this NIT contest:

Location: Daskalakis Athletic Center, Philadelphia, Pa.

Game time: 7 p.m. ET

TV schedule: ESPN

Radio stream: Drexel stream

Betting odds: Drexel is a 6 1/2-point favorite.

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NIT 2012 Schedule And Bracket: Elite 8 Field Set; Final Four Finalized Wednesday

The Drexel Dragons men's basketball program are just one win away from advancing to the NIT's Final Four in Madison Square Garden, March 29-27. On Tuesday, the No. 1-seeded Dragons edged the No. 7 Northern Iowa Panthers, 65-63, to advance to the Elite 8 and a match-up with the No. 4 UMass Minutemen (7 p.m. on ESPN2).

The winner of Tuesday's contest will face either Nevada Wolfpack or Standford Cardinals in the tournament's semfinals. Meanwhile, on the other side of the bracket, the Washington Huskies and Oregon Ducks play at 9 p.m. on ESPN, and the winner of that game will play Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders or Minnesota Golden Gophers (Wed. at 7 p.m. on ESPN2).

Here's a look at the remaining bracket and TV schedule:

Region 1
(1) Northwestern Wildcats 55, (1) Washington Huskies 76
(7) Iowa Hawkeyes 97, (3) Oregon Ducks 106

Final: Washington vs. Oregon, Tuesday at 9 p.m. on ESPN

Region 2
(4) Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders 71, (1) Tennessee Volunteers 64
(6) Minnesota Golden Gophers 78, (2) Miami Hurricanes 60

Final: Middle Tennessee vs. Minnesota, Wednesday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2

Region 3
(4) UMass Minutemen 77, (1) Seton Hall Pirates 67
(7) Northern Iowa Panthers 63, (3) Drexel Dragons 65

Final: UMass vs. Drexel, Tuesday, 7 p.m. on ESPN

Region 4
(8) Bucknell Bison 67, (5) Nevada Wolfpack 75
(7) Illinois State Redbirds 88, (3) Stanford Cardinal 92 (OT)

Final: Nevada vs. Sanford, Wednesday, 9 p.m. on ESPN2

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NIT Tournament 2012, Drexel Vs. Northern Iowa Final Score: Dragons Win 65-63

It was closer than it should have been, but the Drexel Dragons were able to hold of the Northern Iowa Panthers, 65-63, in NIT Tournament second-round contest in Philadelphia, PA. The victory advances the Dragons (29-6) to the Elite 8 and a match-up with the UMass Minutemen.

Leading 38-28 at halftime, and at one point by 18 points in the first half, the Dragons had their lead trimmed to 61-60 with 24 seconds to go in the game. After pushing its lead back to four points, 64-60, NIU hit a 3-pointer with just :09 to go to. Another free throw by Drexel's Frantz Massenat extended the lead back to two, however, and the victory was cemented when a desperation 3-point by NIU's Johnny Moran hit the front of the rim as time expired.

Senior forward Samme Given scored 16 of his game-high 28 points in the first half for Drexel, which improves to 15-0 at home this season. Junior guard Chris Fouch netted 16 points, including four 3-pointers, three of those coming during a 14-0 run in the first half that helped the Dragons earn a 33-15 lead.

The Panthers battled back into the game using 19 points from Moran and a solid 3-point shooting effort (10-for-23).

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NIT Tournament 2012, Drexel Vs. Northern Iowa Halftime Score: Dragons Lead 38-28

Behind 16 points from senior forward Samme Givens and a 14-0 run that included four 3-pointers, the No. 3-seeded Drexel Dragons have earned a 38-23 halftime lead over the No. 8 Northern Iowa Panthers in a second-round NIT Tournament contest in Philadelphia, PA. The winner advance to the Elite 8 to face the UMass Minutemen.

Givens scored 12 of the Dragons' first 17 points to open up a 19-12 advantage with 9:35 to play in the first half. Drexel then irrupted as Given made a jump and then his teammates made four straight 3-pointers to open up a 33-15 lead with 5:48 to play.

The Panthers (20-13) trimmed the margin to just 10 points heading into the locker room after using a quick 7-0 run to end the half.

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NIT 2012, Bucknell Vs. Nevada: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Bucknell Bison will be looking to their NIT Tournament run Sunday, as they visit the Nevada Wolfpack in a Sweet 16 contest in Reno, Nv. The Bison, the No. 8 seed in Region 4, and No. 5 Wolfpack will be trying to advance to the quarterfinal round where they will either play No. Illinois State Redbirds or No. 3 Stanford Cardinal.

Bucknell (25-9) moved onto the Sweet 16 with an upset-road victory over the region's top-seeded Arizona Wildcats on Wednesday, while the Wolf Pack (27-6) won on the road, 68-59 at No. 4 Oral Roberts.

Here's the game time, TV information and betting odds:

Location: Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nv.

Game time: 3 p.m. ET

TV information: ESPNU

Announcers: Mitch Holthus (play-by-play) and Mark Adams (color commentary)

Radio: WEGH 107.3 FM

Betting odds: Nevada is 3-point favorite.

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NIT 2012, Drexel Vs. UNI: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Drexel Dragons will continue their match to the NIT Tournament's Final Four Sunday, as they host the Northern Iowa Panthers in a Sweet 16 match-up at the Daskalakis Athletic Center in Philadelphia Pa. (11 a.m. ET on ESPN). The winner advance to the Elite 8 to play the UMass Minutemen, who defeated the Seton Hall Pirates on Saturday.

The Dragons (28-6), the No. 3 seed in the Region 3 Bracket, moved onto the Sweet 16 by downing Central Florida Knights on Wednesday. The victory was Drexel's 20th in 21 tries, and improved the Dragons home record for this season to 14-0.

Drexel is paced by guard Frantz Massenat who averages 13.7 points per game and 4.7 assists per game, while froward Samme Givens is the Dragons inside threat collecting a team-best 7.9 rebounds per game.

Meanwhile, the Panthers (20-13) are from the Missouri Valley Conference and led by Anthony James (12.7 ppg). However, UNI advanced to the Sweet 16 behind 23 points and 11 rebound performance from Seth Tuttle, who helped the Panthers down the Saint Joseph's Hawks on Wednesday.

Here's the Drexel vs. UNI game time, TV schedule and betting odds:

Location: Daskalakis Athletic Center, Philadelphia, Pa.

Game Time: 11 a.m.

TV Information: ESPN

Announcers: Jim Barbar (play-by-play) and LaPhonso Ellis (color commentary)

Betting odds: Drexel is a 7 1/2-point favorite.

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2012 NIT Tournament Schedule And Bracket: Drexel, Bucknell In Action Sunday

The second round of the NIT Tournament tipped off Saturday, as the No. 4-seeded UMass Minutemen upset the No. 1 Seton Hall Pirates to advance to the Elite 8. One more victory and the Minutemen will move on to the Final Four, which will be played in New York's Madison Square Garden.

Two local college hoops program trying and do the same thing Sunday, as the Drexel Dragons and Bucknell Bison each play Sweet 16 contest. Check back to this SB Nation Philly StoryStream for previews of both games.

A complete NIT bracket can be found here.

Region 1
(1) Northwestern Wildcats at (1) Washington Huskies, Friday, 10 p.m., ESPNU
(7) Iowa Hawkeyes at No. 3 Oregon Ducks, Sunday, 5 p.m. on ESPNU

Region 2
(4) Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders at (1) Tennessee Volunteers, Monday, 7 p.m. on ESPN
(6) Minnesota Golden Gophers at (2) Miami Hurricanes, Monday, 9 p.m. on ESPN

Region 3
(4) UMass Minutemen 77, (1) Seton Hall Pirates 67
(7) Northern Iowa Panthers at (3) Drexel Dragons, Sunday, 11 a.m. on ESPN

Region 4
(8) Bucknell Bison at (5) Nevada Wolfpack, Sunday 3 p.m. on ESPNU
(7) Illinois State Redbirds at (3) Stanford Cardinal, Monday, 11:30 p.m. on ESPN2

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NIT 2012 Schedule And Bracket: Round 1 Game Times, TV Schedule

The National Invitational Tournament and the road to its Final Four at Madison Square Garden begins Tuesday night on various ESPN Network channels. Though not local college hoops squads, such as the Drexel Dragons, La Salle Explorers and St. Joseph's Hawks, are not playing until Wednesday night, there's plenty of NIT Tournament action to watch.

Here's a look at Tuesday's game times and TV schedule. (For a complete NIT bracket, click here.):

(No. 1-seed) Washington Huskies vs. (8) Texas-Arlington Mavericks

  • 10 p.m. ET on ESPNU

(4) Northwestern Wildcats vs. (5) Akron Zips

  • 9 p.m. on ESPN2

(3) Oregon Ducks vs. (6) LSU Tigers

  • 9:30 p.m. on ESPN

(2) Dayton Flyers vs. (7) Iowa Hawkeyes

  • 7:30 p.m. on ESPN

(1) Tennessee Volunteers vs. (8) Savannah St. Tigers

  • 8 p.m. on ESPNU

(4) Middle Tenn. St. Blue Raiders vs. (5) Marshall Thundering Herd

  • 9:15 p.m. on ESPN3

(1) Seton Hall Pirates vs. (8) Stony Brook Seawolves

  • 7:15 p.m. on ESPN3

(4) Mississippi St. Bulldogs vs. (5) UMass Minutemen

  • 7 p.m. on ESPN2

(3) Stanford Cardinal vs. (6) Cleveland St. Vikings

  • 11 p.m. on ESPN2

For more coverage of Drexel, St. Joe's & La Salle in the NIT, follow our storystream. You can grab a printable NIT bracket right here.

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