Just read on hokiesports that Virginia Tech will be hosting a 4-team pod in the NIT-Tipoff Tournament. The four teams that will be in Blacksburg for this pod are (of course) Virginia Tech, Monmouth, George Mason, and Florida International.
Virginia Tech is hosting the East Regional in Blacksburg and will take on Monmouth, while George Mason will take on Florida International.
The other pods are as follows:
- Syracuse will host the North Regional and take on Manhattan, while Albany takes on Brown.
- Oklahoma State will host the Midwest Regional and take on Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Oral Roberts will play Texas-San Antonio.
- Stanford will host the West Regional and take on Fresno State, while Colorado State takes on SMU.
I, for one, and really excited for this. Its nice to see Blacksburg getting some tournament action, some tourism from the opposing fans, and some television time. I also have friends and family members that go to Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ and think its great that my two worlds are coming together for the sake of basketball.
The ESPN family of networks will be airing the Tournament. The first and second rounds will be held on November 14-16 and will be held in the respective teams.
The winners of each region will go on to play in NYC. The other teams who do not advance to NYC will play a third and fourth rounds (because its still in season, all teams need to play the same number of games essentially) will play at the school with the highest remaining seeds. There are additional rules to the seeding after the first and second rounds and can be seen on the hokiesports.com website.