Georgia committed to NIT Season Tip-Off, waiting on format

Georgia is sticking to its plan to play in the NIT Season Tip-Off even though the men’s basketball tournament will have a scaled-down field this year.

The November tournament is shaping up to have eight teams in it instead of 16 but uncertainty surrounding the event remains.

“We’re still committed,” Georgia executive associate athletic director Frank Crumley said. “We’re just waiting to see exactly what the format is going to be.”

The format could have Georgia playing just three games instead of the four expected when the school originally agreed to compete in the event in December of 2011.

Under that scenario, the Bulldogs would host only one game in Stegeman Coliseum with likely two more to be played in New York at Madison Square Garden.

That would leave Georgia needing to fill out another game on its schedule.

“We’ve received nothing in writing to say this is it,” Crumley said. “We’re looking forward to knowing. …I think they’re still trying to iron it all out.”

The other hosts sites, if they remain in the field, are Minnesota, Gonzaga and St. John’s. Western Kentucky, St. Joseph’s, Stony Brook and LIU-Brooklyn are also expected to be in the tournament.

Elsewhere on the schedule, Georgia’s nonconference game at Chattanooga is set for Tuesday Dec. 2, the Southern Conference school announced.

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