Saturday, February 13, 2016

Four postseason games in the city Wednesday night

The NIT schedule is out, and Drexel, La Salle and St. Joe's will all play first-round home games Wednesday night.

Four postseason games in the city Wednesday night

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The NIT schedule is out, and Drexel, La Salle and St. Joe's will all play first-round home games Wednesday night.

Combined with Penn's participation in the CBI, it means that there will be four games going on simultaneously across the city.

The NIT matchups are as follows:

3. La Salle vs. 6. Minnesota, 7:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

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La Salle would either go to No. 2-seed Miami (Fla.) or host No. 7-seed Valparaiso if it wins that game. Interesting that the Explorers get the TV game, but that probably has more to with hosting a BCS-conference opponent than anything else.

2. Saint Joseph's vs. 7. Northern Iowa, 7:15 p.m. (ESPN3.com)
3. Drexel vs. 6. Central Florida, 7:15 p.m. (ESPN3.com) 

The winners of those two games will play each other in the second round. So yes, we could have a St. Joe's-Drexel game at Hagan Arena. That would be fun.

In addition to the three city schools, Bucknell got an NIT bid as a No. 8-seed. Spare a thought for the Bison, as they have to fly across the country to Tuscon to play No. 1-seed Arizona.

The other top seeds are Seton Hall (in St. Joe's and Drexel's bracket), Tennessee (in La Salle's bracket) and Washington.

The Quakers will host Quinnipiac at the Palestra at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. If Penn wins that game, they'll face either Delaware or Butler on Monday, March 19.

Delaware-Butler will be played at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Wednesday night, with an 8 p.m. Eastern tip time on HDNet.

So yes, it's possible that there will finally be a matchup between the owners of two of the grand arenas in college basketball.

The other Eastern bracket includes Princeton at Evansville and Wofford at Pittsburgh. The first game is March 13 and the second is March 14, with the winners to meet March 19. HDNet will carry Princeton-Evansville, with an 8:00 p.m. tip time.

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