NIT Season Tip-Off Ticket Information

Aug. 28, 2017

The NIT Season Tip-Off will return to the Barclays Center for a third-straight season Thanksgiving Week 2017, with games on Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24, featuring four NCAA Tournament teams.

On Thursday, University of Virginia of the Atlantic Coast Conference meets Vanderbilt University of the Southeastern Conference at 4:00 pm ET on ESPNU, followed by a matchup between BIG EAST squad Seton Hall University and the 2017 Atlantic 10 Conference Champion University of Rhode Island, also on ESPNU.  Friday game times and television coverage will be announced at a later date.


November 23 
4:00pm - Virginia vs. Vanderbilt (ESPNU)
6:00pm - Rhode Island vs. Seton Hall (ESPNU)

November 24
TBD – 3rd Place Game
TBD – Championship Game

Ticket Pricing (per day)

$145 – Courtside
$  95 - Lower Arena Mid Court
$  75 – Lower Arena – Mid Court
$  55 – Lower Arena – Mid Court
$  30 – Lower Corners/Endzone

Tickets for the NIT Season Tip-Off at Barclays Center will go on sale Tuesday, August 1, at 10 a.m. ET.  


*The Barclays Center is holding specific blocks of tickets for each school in each price level via the link listed above.   

Please Note: The Vanderbilt Athletic Ticket Office does not have access to sell tickets for this event.  All tickets must be purchased via the channels/links listed above.

Per the NIT the bench assignments will be as follows:

Home (in front of Section 7) – Vanderbilt, Seton Hall
Visitor (in front of Section 9) – Virginia, Rhode Island

Home (in front of Section 7) – Rhode Island, Seton Hall
Visitor (in front of Section 9) – Virginia, Vanderbilt

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  • Vanderbilt, which won 19 games in each of the last two seasons, closed out the 2016-17 season with seven victories in its last 10 contests (19-16 overall). Second-year head coach Bryce Drew leads the Commodores in a return to Barclays Center for the first time since 2014.
  • Seton Hall earned a No. 9 seed in the 2017 NCAA Tournament and finished the season at 21-12, tied for third in the BIG EAST. Led by Brooklyn products Khadeen Carrington (Bishop Loughlin) and King’s County high school standout Desi Rodriguez (Lincoln), Kevin Willard’s Pirates bring their local flavor back to Barclays Center this Thanksgiving Week.
  • Virginia reached the NCAA Tournament’s second round and finished the 2016-17 season with a 23-11 record and receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll. The Cavaliers return to Brooklyn, where two Thanksgivings ago Tony Bennett’s team won the 2014 Barclays Center Classic.
  • 2017 Atlantic 10 Champion Rhode Island, which posted a 25-10 record and finished the season receiving votes in the national polls, has won 65 games over the last three campaigns under head coach Dan Hurley. Last season, the Rams advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s second round after downing Creighton before being narrowly eliminated by eventual Final Four squad and No. 3 seed, Oregon.



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