NIT down to 16 teams, to be in Texas

The National Invitational Tournament (NIT), is cutting its annual postseason tournament in half it announced Monday. The NIT is moving from its usual 32 team event down to 16 teams. It will all be played in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with games at Comerica Center in Frisco and at UNT Coliseum on North Texas’ campus in Denton.

According to ESPN, Florida State men’s basketball coach Leonard Hamilton agreed to a five-year extension on Monday. The contract is through the 2024-2025 season that will pay him $2.25 million annually plus bonuses, the school announced on March 1. Hamilton, 72, is the winningest coach in school history and has the Seminoles on the verge of winning back-to-back ACC regular-season titles. Florida State is currently 14-4 and in first place in the ACC, and is the highest-ranked team in the league at No. 11 in the latest AP poll.

The SEC announced on Tuesday their plans for limited attendance for their conference tournament, set for March 10-13. ESPN confirmed that “Health officials are allowing a seating capacity of 20% at Bridgestone Arena for approximately 3,400 fans because of COVID-19 restrictions at the tournament starting March 10. The SEC said Tuesday that fans over the age of 2 will have to wear masks or face coverings, with gaiters, bandanas and masks with valves or vents prohibited. A face shield also won’t be enough. Anyone seeking a medical exemption to the mask requirement must reach out to the arena at least 24 hours in advance or won’t be allowed inside the arena.”

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