The Bears were selected as a number 1 seed in the NIT. That means they host CSU Bakersfield on Tuesday March 14th at 8:30 PM on ESPN2. The Bears would host, assuming they win, until the quarter finals. The Semi-Finals and Final are held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Tickets and pricing have begun to trickle out and pre-sales go up for Season ticket holders for a few ours on monday. Here is the full press release regarding tickets.
Ticket Prices are as follows:
- Floor/Loge -$45
- Chairbacks -$30
- Premium Bench - $27
- Center - $18
- Baseline/Ends- $12
- Corner - $10
Make sure to get your tickets!
And now some NIT specifics. Below is the full bracket along with the scheduled dates for those rounds.
Also somethings of note, are the tournament specific rules.
So the NIT has slightly odd rules this year. pic.twitter.com/I7S1m3aspX— Avinash Kunnath (@avinashkunnath) March 13, 2017
Ok. Here’s my interpretation of the rules:
It looks to be officially, halves, but unofficially quarters in which each team gets 4 team fouls every “quarter” any foul past that and its 2 FTA per foul. That means there would be no bonus but 2 shots for every foul until the end of the “quarter” or 9:59 mark, in which case the Bonus FT/Team FoulsFouls would then reset for the rest of the half.
Did you get all that?
I CAN SEE IT ALREADY. MISTAKES OF HOW MANY AND WHEN FREE THROWS ARE TAKEN BEING LOOKED OVER AT THE SCORER’S TABLE FOR HOURS ON END.
Oh NIT. What have you gotten yourself into.
Just as crazy as those rules are it seems like Cal has been unable to fly under the radar for any coaching carousel, whether it be for Football and now Basketball. Coach Cuonzo Martin is slated to be a top target for Illinois, Missouri and NC State. Check his quotes from the Pre-Pac12 Tournament Press conference here. And now another little tidbit from Ryan Gorcey of Bearterritory.net as well:
Cuonzo Martin dances around Illinois rumors, but says the Illini were a childhood favorite of his.— Ryan Gorcey (@RGBearTerritory) March 13, 2017
Take what you will from that statement, but it is a bit concerning especially with his heritage back in the midwest.
It will be interesting to see how this situation pans out through the end of the season as well. One thing is for sure though, Coach Martin will have the team ready to go on Tuesday night and for whatever Cal’s destiny in the NIT is.