The National Invitation Tournament is
often overshadowed by the NCAA’s Men’s Tournament, which not only determines the national championship but attracts millions of casual fans who think their brackets can win them some coin and impress their friends. But the NIT, begun in 1938 (a year before that other tourney), is a great event: Thirty-two teams enjoy (and profit from) postseason play, while fans get to see their teams on national TV. It’s also a true New York tradition, played
annually at the Garden. We can’t tell you who will be playing in the semifinal doubleheader tonight — the number one contenders are Colorado State, Temple, Old Dominion, and Richmond — but it’s the last chance for quality college hoops this season.

Tue., March 31, 7 p.m., 2015