|NIT announces new format for Season Tip-Off tournament|
|Written by Admin|
|Monday, 22 October 2007 15:59|
The change, announced Monday, will be the third in as many years to the format of the 16-team preseason tournament.
In 2006, first- and second-round games were played at neutral sites for the first time since the inaugural tournament in 1985.
The NIT moved the first two rounds to participating campus sites for this year's tournament. Each team will play twice, but only the four second-round winners will continue playing in the semifinals at New York's Madison Square Garden on Nov. 21.
Next year, the 12 teams that do not advance to New York will be seeded and assigned to three campus sites for two more games each.
Butler won the 2006 preseason championship by beating Notre Dame, Indiana, Tennessee and Gonzaga.
This year's tournament will open Nov. 12 at campus sites, and the semifinals and championship will be Nov. 21 and Nov. 23, in New York.
The 2008 field has not been announced.