Clemson's NIT bracket unveiled
|Sunday, March 17, 2019, 7:39 PM-|
The Clemson men's basketball season will continue in the National Invitation Tournament this week.
The Tigers (19-13) are a 2-seed and will host Wright State (21-13; Horizon League champion) on Tuesday (7 p.m./ESPNU). The 1-seed in the region is Indiana and Furman is a potential round two opponent for the Tigers. Clemson coach Brad Brownell coached at Wright State previously.
Clemson settles for the second-choice postseason after making a run to the Sweet 16 last season and returning four starters from that squad.
The Tigers are making a second NIT appearance in three seasons but look to go further than the 2017 edition, where they fell at home to Oakland, 74-69.
The semifinals and finals of the NIT are played in Madison Square Garden, which Clemson reached with a semifinal run in 2014.
All seating will be general admission on Tuesday ($12 tickets; students in free with ID) with the exception of the coliseum and courtside club and areas behind the team benches.
Experimental rules for the NIT include the 3-point line being extended to FIBA international rules (22 feet, 1.75 inches), the free throw lane being widened to 16 feet (NBA rules), shot clock resets to 20 seconds after an offensive rebound and team fouls resetting at 10-minute mark of each half (one-and-one free throws eliminated).
NIT region (all games at higher seed)
1. Indiana (17-15; No. 42 KenPom)
8. St. Francis (17-15; No. 273 KenPom)
4. Providence (18-15; No. 67 KenPom)
5. Arkansas (17-15; No. 57 KenPom)
2. Clemson (19-13; No. 29 KenPom)
7. Wright State (19-13; No. 127 KenPom)
3. Furman (25-7; No. 56 KenPom)
6. Wichita State (19-14; No. 93 KenPom)