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Baylor Men's Basketball One of Four Teams to Headline the 2023 NIT Season Tip-Off

May 11, 2023
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WACO, Texas – Baylor men's basketball will be one of four teams to play in the 2023 NIT Season Tip-Off Nov. 22-24 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The tournament bracket and schedule will be released later this summer. November will mark Baylor's first appearance in the event, which has been around since 1985 and moved to Barclays Center in 2015.

It will also be the Bears’ first-ever trip to Brooklyn and Barclays Center and their first game in the New York area since playing South Carolina in the East Region Semifinal in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

The Bears are 40-13 in regular-season tournaments under Scott Drew, winning four of the last six midseason tournaments.

Baylor has matched up with Florida three times, with BU holding a 2-1 series edge, winning the last meeting in Gainesville, 72-61, in January 2020. In that game, No. 1 BU raced out to a 40-29 halftime lead and cruised home behind a strong defensive effort and 16 points each from MaCio Teague and Devonte Bandoo. Drew boasts an 18-11 record against the SEC and secured an 8-2 mark (1-1 against Florida) in the 10 years of the Big 12-SEC Challenge.

Oregon State and Baylor have met twice, splitting the two meetings, the last coming in 1972. Baylor won the first tilt, 62-57, in Corvallis in 1955, while Oregon State got revenge 88-54 when the two met in Portland, Ore., in 1972.

A matchup with Pittsburgh in November would mark the first-ever meeting between the programs.

The Bears previously announced a matchup with Seton Hall on Dec. 5 at the Ferrell Center as a part of the Big East-Big 12 Battle. It will be the first-ever meeting between the Bears and the Pirates, with BU holding a 13-3 mark against Big East teams under Scott Drew.

Tickets are not yet on sale, but fans can secure first access to the best seats and discount offers by signing up for the official pre-sale at nitseasontipoff.com.

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