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Report: 2015 NIT Season Tip-Off to include Stanford, Georgia Tech, and Arkansas

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The Cleveland Plain Dealer gives some insight for the teams playing in Madison Square Garden.

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Seven months ago, we got word that Villanova would be participating in 2015 NIT Season Tip-off event. The [Cleveland] Plain Dealer noted in an article today that the Wildcats would be joined by Stanford, Georgia Tech, and Arkansas in the presumable semifinals of the event.

The NIT Tip-off typically takes place during Thanksgiving Week at Madison Square Garden, another good bit of news for the heavy alumni population in the Greater New York City area.

The plan for 2015 is to keep the event at 8 teams, with pre-set semifinal matchups (similar to how the Legends Classic operated in 2014). Two of the other four teams are expected to be Akron and Wisconsin- Green Bay. The other two squads may come from Div. II.

Add these two games against Big FCS conferences in addition to the game against Nebraska in the Gavitt Tipoff Gamesand the neutral-court game against Oklahoma in Hawaii.

H/T @michaelreilly92