Ray Fittipaldo noted in his PG+ blog today that Jamie Dixon made a comment about playing in the 2012 NIT Season Tip-Off. Apparently he was asked about Pitt’s plan to play in the Consol Energy Center routinely, and mentioned their exempt tournament outlook:
Dixon said it’s going to be hard to [schedule games at the CEC] because the Panthers need a certain number of home games and like to play in early-season exempt tournaments. It was then that he revealed the preseason N.I.T. for the first time.
This is (sometimes) one of the top exempt tournaments in the country. It won’t be clear for quite some time who Pitt might play in the tournament, but it usually has a good field, and obviously any Pitt game at Madison Square Garden is good enough for me.
Teams are allowed to play a tournament once in a four-year period. This means that national power Duke is not eligible, but teams such as Ohio State, North Carolina, Kentucky, etc are in play.
It’s better than the Legends Classic or the CBE, but I was really hoping to have an excuse for a trip to Hawaii 😦