The 2017 NIT semifinals tip off Tuesday night when the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets face the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners.
The Yellow Jackets are trying to end Josh Pastner’s first year as head coach on a high note. Pastner’s squad has flashed plenty of potential this season, beating eventual NCAA Tournament teams North Carolina, Florida State and Notre Dame.
They’ll face a Roadrunner team that has made an unexpected run as a No. 8 seed, including an upset of No. 1 seed Cal in the first round.
Here’s everything you need to know about the game, including time, viewing information, live updates and more.
2017 NIT semifinals: Georgia Tech vs. CSU Bakersfield time, channel, how to watch online
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Streaming: The game will be available for cable and satellite subscribers online through WatchESPN.
2017 NIT semifinals: Georgia Tech vs. CSU Bakersfield preview
From SEC Country’s Matt Schoch
The NCAA Tournament isn’t the only opportunity for Cinderella runs. For the first time in NIT history, a No. 8 seed — the lowest possible seed in the NIT — has advanced to the semifinals, as Cal State Bakersfield took care of No. 1 California, No. 4 Colorado State, and No. 6 UT Arlington in quick succession. They are led by senior forward Jaylin Airington, who averages 14.5 points per game. They are led by former Ole Miss star player and later head coach Rod Barnes.
The Runners will face off against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, coached by former Memphis coach Josh Pastner. Georgia Tech was a No. 6 seed, having beaten Indiana, Belmont, and most recently, Ole Miss. The Yellow Jackets’ best player is junior center Ben Ben Lammers, who averages 14.4 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 3.3 blocks per game (third in the country).
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2017 NIT rule changes
From Land of 10’s Steven Petrella
The NCAA made some experimental rule changes for the 2017 NIT, and essentially cut games into four quarters, like the pro and high school levels. The biggest change is resetting team fouls to zero at the end of 10-minute segments during each half. That’s how nearly every other basketball league in the world is governed.
After a team commits its fifth foul in a 10-minute segment (and all fouls after that), the other team will shoot two free throws. The “1-and-1” free throws have been eliminated. It changes how fouls are counted, but not how the actual game is timed.
The NCAA is hoping to gather more data through the 31 NIT games to see if it’s eventually worth making the switch to quarters in all of college basketball.
No rule changes have been made for the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
2017 NIT recap
Monday, March 20
FINAL: UCF 63, Illinois State 62 | Box score
FINAL: UT Arlington 85, Akron 69 | Box score
FINAL: Illinois 71, Boise State 56 | Box score
FINAL: CSU Bakersfield 81, Colorado State 63 | Box score
Sunday, March 19
Saturday, March 18
FINAL: Ole Miss 85, Syracuse 80 | Box score
Wednesday, March 15
FINAL: Belmont 78, Georgia 69 | Box score
FINAL: UCF 79, Colorado 74 | Box score
FINAL: Syracuse 90, UNC Greensboro 77 | Box score
FINAL: Akron 78, Houston 75 | Box score
FINAL: TCU 66, Fresno Sate 59 | Box score
FINAL: Iowa 87, South Dakota 75| Box score
FINAL: Illinois State 85, UC Irvine 71 | Box score
FINAL: Texas-Arlington 105, BYU 89 | Box score
Tuesday, March 14
FINAL: Ole Miss 91, Monmouth 83 | Box score
FINAL: Illinois 82, Valparaiso 57 | Box score
FINAL: Oakland 74, Clemson 69 | Box score
FINAL: Georgia Tech 75, Indiana 63 | Box score
FINAL: Colorado State 81, College of Charleston 74 | Box score
FINAL: Richmond 71, Alabama 63 | Box score
FINAL: Boise St. 73, Utah 68 | Box score
FINAL: Cal Bakersfield 73, Cal 66 | Box score