History

In November 1985, the NIT Season Tip-Off began as an early season counterpart to the long-standing postseason version of the NIT. First known as the Big Apple NIT, and later the Preseason NIT, the event would go on to serve as a Thanksgiving showcase for many of college basketball’s most recognizable players and coaches for the next three decades. In August 2015, ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, assumed operation and ownership of the NIT Season Tip-Off – beginning with the 2015 event, moving it to Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Villanova beat Georgia Tech to win the 2015 title, later earning the Big East conference regular season title and NCAA National Championship.