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2012 NIT Bracket And Schedule: Cleveland State Tips Off Postseason At Stanford

The 2012 NIT tips off on Tuesday with Cleveland State and Akron hitting the road to face two BCS conference foes.

The 2012 NIT tips off on Tuesday night, and the No. 6 seed Cleveland State Vikings will be on the West Coast to face the No. 3 seed Stanford Cardinal. Gary Waters and the Vikings earned a bid to the NIT with a 22-10 record after they were unceremoniously bounced in the semifinals of the Horizon League Tournament by eventual champion Detroit. The Vikings stumbled down the stretch losing a couple crucial games against fellow Horizon heavyweights Butler and Valparaiso, as well as their BracketBusters matchup with fellow NIT team Drexel.

Stanford finished the season at 21-11 and 10-8 in a historically weak Pac 12 conference. The Cardinal is favored by 6.5 points, but a road upset is certainly within the realm of possibility if Waters has his club ready to play - which is a safe bet. After you have taken in the First Round from Dayton, you can catch the Vikings in a nightcap with tip scheduled for 11:00 PM on ESPN2.

Region 1

No. 2 Dayton Flyers at No. 7 Iowa Hawkeyes, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)

No. 4 Northwestern Wildcats vs. No. 5 Akron Zips, 9:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

No. 3 Oregon Ducks vs. No. 6 LSU Tigers, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)

No. 1 Washington Huskies vs. No. 8 Texas-Arlington Mavericks, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)

Region 2

No. 1 Tennessee Volunteers vs. No. 8 Savannah St. Tigers, 8:00 p.m. (ESPNU)

No. 4 Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders vs. No. 5 Marshall Thundering Herd, 9:15 p.m. (ESPN3)

Region 3

No. 4 Mississippi St. Bulldogs vs. No. 5 UMass Minutemen, 7:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

No. 1 Seton Hall Pirates vs. No. 8 Stony Brook Seawolves, 7:15 p.m. (ESPN3)

Region 4

No. 3 Stanford Cardinal vs. No. 6 Cleveland St. Vikings, 11:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

For more on the NIT, be sure to check out our NCAA basketball hub. Also be sure to check out our 2012 NCAA Tournament for more on the Big Dance.

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