Wes Miller’s team will get a chance to finish the season on a positive note against Virginia Tech and possibly beyond as the NIT tips off Wednesday at 9:00 PM on ESPN2 and fuboTV.
After finishing the regular season with a 15-3 record at home, the Bearcats opened as 5.5-point favorites with the over/under currently set at 151.5 total points according to WynnBET.
Both programs are hoping to create momentum by competing for a NIT championship, which could be a major benefit for players that are expected to take on a larger role next season.
Players to watch in the first round matchup include Cincinnati guard David DeJulius and forward Daniel Skillings Jr, plus Virginia Tech senior frontcourt duo Grant Basile and Justyn Mutts.
Cincinnati Basketball: TV coverage as the Bearcats take on Virginia Tech in NIT first round
- Date: Wednesday, March 15 at 9:00 PM
- Location: Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati
- TV Broadcast: ESPN2 and fuboTV
- Series History: Virginia Tech leads 18-12
Even though the AAC Tournament came to a disappointing conclusion, the Bearcats opted to accept an invitation to the NIT and will participate in the event for the first time since 2010.
Cincinnati senior forward Landers Nolley II began his career at Virginia Tech and will get a chance to face his former team in the first round of the NIT on Wednesday at Fifth Third Arena!
Virginia Tech guard Hunter Cattoor is the only player that was teammates with Nolley. Cattoor is fourth on the Hokies with 10.8 points per game on 42.4 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
Madison Square Garden hosted the semifinals and championship game since 1938 but it will take place at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas this month. Check out the full 2023 NIT bracket here!