Yale Draws Sixth-Seeded Hofstra In Opening Round Of 2009 NIT Season Tip-Off

Yale Draws Sixth-Seeded Hofstra In Opening Round Of 2009 NIT Season Tip-Off

Bulldogs And Pride Meet At Gampel Pavilion; UConn Hosts Colgate In Other Game

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's basketball team won't have to travel far for its opening games in the 2009 NIT Season Tip-Off. The Bulldogs will face sixth-seeded Hofstra at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn., on Monday, Nov. 16. No. 2 seed UConn hosts Colgate in the other first-round matchup in the North Regional, and the consolation and championship games are set for Nov. 17.

"Playing in the NIT Season Tip-Off is an honor, and we hope to perform well and represent Yale with distinction," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball.

The NIT Season Tip-Off assures every participating team of four games. The winner of each region advances to the championship round at Madison Square Garden in New York on Nov. 25 and 27. The remaining 12 teams will play third- and fourth-round games on the home campus sites of the three highest remaining seeds. Participating teams will not play any team twice, and the third and fourth rounds will be assigned to the most geographically compatible site possible.

The three other first-round regional sites are being held at top-seeded Duke, third-seeded LSU and fourth-seeded Arizona State.

Yale is making its second appearance in the NIT Season Tip-Off. The Bulldogs led No. 1-ranked UConn at halftime before dropping a 70-60 decision to open the 2003-04 season.

The complete NIT Season Tip-Off Bracket:

Opening Rounds (Nov. 16-17)

North Regional (Storrs, CT)
#2 Connecticut vs. Colgate
#6 Hofstra vs. Yale 

East Regional (Durham, NC)
#1 Duke vs. Coastal Carolina
#8 Charlotte vs. Elon

West Regional (Tempe, AZ)
#4 Arizona State vs. Texas State
#7 TCU vs. Cal St. Northridge

South Regional (Baton Rouge, LA)
#3 LSU vs. Indiana State
#5 Western Kentucky vs. Milwaukee

Four regional champions advance to Madison Square Garden Nov. 25-27
Three highest remaining seeds will host consolation brackets Nov. 23-24

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity