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2018 Men’s NIT Basketball Elite Eight, Final Four and Championship TV and Announcer Schedule on ESPN and ESPN2

Beginning March 27, with its Final Four, the National Invitational Tournament will be played at New York City’s Madison Square Garden with the NIT title game played on Mar. 29.

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    The following are the scheduled game start times (all times Eastern; start times subject to change), locations and respective networks for tournament action:

    Quarterfinals: Tuesday, March 20, 2018

    7:00 p.m. on ESPN: Notre Dame/Marquette Quadrant
    [4] Penn State @ [2] Marquette
    Announcers: Eric Frede, Dino Gaudio

    Approx. 9:00 p.m. on ESPN: Baylor/Louisville Quadrant
    [5] Mississippi State @ [2] Louisville
    Announcers: Bob Wischusen, Fran Frashilla

    Quarterfinals: Wednesday, March 21, 2018

    8:00 p.m. on ESPN2: USC/Oklahoma State Quadrant
    [4] Western Kentucky @ [2] Oklahoma State
    Announcers: Mike Corey, John Thompson

    Approx. 10:00 p.m. on ESPN2: Saint Mary’s/Utah Quadrant
    [2] Utah @ [1] Saint Mary’s
    Announcers: Ted Emrich, Mark Wise

    Semifinals: Tuesday, March 27, 2018

    7:00 p.m. on ESPN: Final Four Semifinal #1
    Utah vs. Western Kentucky
    Location: Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
    Announcers: Bob Wischusen, Fran Fraschilla

    Approx. 9:00 p.m. on ESPN: Final Four Semifinal #2
    Penn State vs. Mississippi State
    Location: Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
    Announcers: Bob Wischusen, Fran Fraschilla

    Thursday, March 29, 2018

    7:00 p.m. on ESPN2: NIT Championship
    Penn State vs. Utah
    Location: Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
    Announcers: Bob Wischusen, Fran Fraschilla, Kris Budden

    Written by Douglas Pucci

    Douglas Pucci (a.k.a. “Son of the Bronx”) has worked with Mr. Berman for more than a decade. A Bronx native, NYU graduate and once-intern for VH1's "Pop Up Video," Pucci went on to design, build and maintain websites for various non-profit organizations in his hometown of New York City. He also contributes to the sports website Awful Announcing.

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