The 2017 NIT semifinals will tip off Tuesday night, with the TCU Horned Frogs playing the UCF Knights in the second game of the evening.
The Horned Frogs come into Madison Square Garden off a dominant win over Richmond. First-year head coach Jamie Dixon has earned plenty of praise for taking his alma mater to the semifinals. But the Frogs have been playing without star freshman point guard Jaylen Fisher, who’s out for the year with a wrist injury.
The Knights have a ton of momentum, winning nine of their last 10 games stretching back into the regular season. They knocked off a No. 1 seed (Illinois State) and a No. 2 seed (Illinois) en route to a spot in the semifinals.
Here’s everything you need to know about the game, including time, viewing information, live updates and more.
2017 NIT semifinals: TCU vs. UCF time, channel, how to watch online
Time: 9 p.m. ET
Streaming: The game will be available for cable and satellite subscribers online through WatchESPN.
2017 NIT semifinals: TCU vs. UCF preview
From SEC Country’s Matt Schoch
TCU is enjoying one of the best March runs of any team not currently in the NCAA Tournament. After defeating Big 12 champion Kansas in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament, the Horned Frogs fell to eventual tournament champion Iowa State. However, they have quickly rebounded in the NIT, and are coming off a blowout win over Richmond. They are led by junior forward Kenrich Williams, who nearly averages a double-double (10.9 PPG, 9.5 RPG) and are coached by Jamie Dixon, formerly of Pittsburgh.
UCF, meanwhile, features one of the most unique players in college basketball in 7-5 center Tacko Fall, the tallest player in college basketball. He averages 11 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. The Knights’ best player, however, is probably sophomore guard B.J. Taylor, who puts up nearly 18 points per game. They are coached by former Duke star Johnny Dawkins, formerly the coach at Stanford, where he won NIT titles in 2012 and 2015.
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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