NIT 2022 Bracket, Field, Odds, Schedule, Scores & Tournament Info

Eddie Griffin

The NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments are not the only tournaments whose participants are announced on Selection Sunday. It may not carry the excitement of a chance to play in the Big Dance, but 32 teams who missed out on the NCAA Tournament will take part in the 2022 NIT.

Last year, Memphis defeated Mississippi State to claim the 2021 NIT title in Frisco, Texas. As was the case with last year’s NCAA Tournament, last year’s NIT was affected by the pandemic. Only 16 teams took part in last year’s NIT, and all of the games took place in Denton, Texas and Frisco, Texas.

This year, the NCAA Tournament is back to normal, and so is the NIT. The field is back to 32 teams, and the Final Four will once again be held at Madison Square Garden.

But who will take home the trophy on March 31? Let’s take a look at the tournament odds.

Odds to Win the 2022 NIT

Odds are via FanDuel Sportsbook. The two finalists, Texas A&M and Xavier, are in bold.

2022 NIT Odds Prior to the Tournament

  • Oklahoma +650
  • SMU +650
  • Texas A&M +700
  • Wake Forest +950
  • Xavier +1100
  • Dayton +1600
  • Florida +1900
  • BYU +1900
  • North Texas +2100
  • VCU +2300
  • Toledo +3000
  • Vanderbilt +3000
  • Colorado +3000
  • Utah State +3000
  • Mississippi State +3200
  • Saint Louis +3500
  • Virginia +3500
  • Washington State +4200
  • Belmont +4200
  • Northern Iowa +4200
  • Oregon +4200
  • St. Bonaventure +4200
  • Missouri State +5500
  • Santa Clara +5500
  • Cleveland State +12000
  • Towson +12000
  • Texas State +12000
  • Long Beach State +12000
  • Nicholls State +12000
  • Alcorn State +18000

Current Odds to Win the 2022 NIT (As of Wednesday, March 30)

  • Texas A&M -188
  • Xavier +155

2022 NIT Field

NIT Top Seeds (First Four Teams Out of the NCAA Tournament Field)

  • Dayton
  • Oklahoma
  • SMU
  • Texas A&M

NIT Automatic Qualifiers

These teams won the regular season title or had the best record in their conference but did not claim an automatic or at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

  • Big West: Long Beach State
  • Conference USA: North Texas
  • CAA (Colonial Athletic Association): Towson
  • Horizon League: Cleveland State
  • Ivy League: Princeton
  • MAAC (Metro Athletic): Iona
  • MAC (Mid-American): Toledo
  • MVC (Missouri Valley): Northern Iowa
  • Southland: Nicholls State
  • SWAC (Southwestern Athletic): Alcorn State
  • Sun Belt: Texas State

Other 2022 NIT Qualifiers

  • Belmont (Ohio Valley Conference)
  • BYU (WCC)
  • Colorado (Pac-12)
  • Florida (SEC)
  • Mississippi State (SEC)
  • Missouri State (Missouri Valley)
  • Oregon (Pac-12)
  • St. Bonaventure (Atlantic 10)
  • Saint Louis (Atlantic 10)
  • Santa Clara (WCC)
  • Utah State (Mountain West)
  • Vanderbilt (SEC)
  • Virginia (ACC)
  • VCU (Atlantic 10)
  • Wake Forest (ACC)
  • Washington State (Pac-12)
  • Xavier (Big East)

Texas A&M the Lone Remaining Top Seed After Upsets in First Two Rounds

All four #1 seeds won in the first round, but only one will be making the trip to MSG next week.

Dayton and Oklahoma’s seasons came to an end by the same score against Vanderbilt and St. Bonaventure, respectively. SMU went down to Washington State in what proved to be coach Tim Jankovich’s final game as head coach.

That leaves Texas A&M, who followed up a double-digit win over Alcorn State in the first round with another double-digit win over Oregon in the second round, another against Wake Forest in the quarterfinals, and yet another in Tuesday’s semifinals against Washington State.

Texas A&M started the season 15-2 overall and 4-0 in the SEC but then lost eight in a row to drop off of the map. But the Aggies won five of six to end the regular season, then won three straight games in the SEC Tournament to advance to the title game against Tennessee.

They lost to the Vols and did not receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, but this is the program’s first postseason appearance since 2018 and their first NIT appearance since 2015. And they have made the most of it, winning four games in a row by double digits to reach their first NIT final.

Aggies to Meet Musketeers in Final in Search of First NIT Title

In Thursday’s championship game, Texas A&M will meet Xavier, who knocked out St. Bonaventure in the other semifinal on Tuesday.

While A&M is seeking its first NIT title, the Musketeers are seeking their second, with their previous title coming back in 1958.

Xavier’s players could have easily allowed an underwhelming, underachieving season which culminated in the firing of coach Travis Steele end in an early NIT exit. But to their credit, and to the credit of interim coach Jonas Hayes, the Musketeers have come to play in the NIT.

And after eliminating Cleveland State, Florida, and Vanderbilt to reach the semis, they were in control for much of the game against a strong St. Bonaventure squad.

Who will take home the trophy?

Here’s a look at the 2022 NIT bracket and results. The tournament started on Tuesday, March 15 and ends on Thursday, March 31.

2022 NIT Bracket, Schedule & Scores

Left Side – Dayton Bracket

1. Dayton
Toledo

4. Vanderbilt
Belmont

3. Florida
Iona

2. Xavier
Cleveland State

Dayton NIT Bracket Schedule and Results

First Round – Top Half

#1 Dayton 74, Toledo 55
#4 Vanderbilt 82, Belmont 71

First Round – Bottom Half

#3 Florida 79, Iona 74
#2 Xavier 72, Cleveland State 68

Second Round

#4 Vanderbilt 70, #1 Dayton 68 (OT)
#2 Xavier 72, #3 Florida 56

Left Side – Oklahoma Bracket

1. Oklahoma
Missouri State

4. Colorado
St. Bonaventure

3. Mississippi State
Virginia

2. North Texas
Texas State

Oklahoma NIT Bracket Schedule and Results

First Round – Top Half

#1 Oklahoma 89, Missouri State 72
St. Bonaventure 76, #4 Colorado 68

First Round – Bottom Half

Virginia 60, #3 Mississippi State 57
#2 North Texas 67, Texas State 63 (OT)

Second Round

St. Bonaventure 70, #1 Oklahoma 68
Virginia 71, #2 North Texas 69 (OT)

Right Side – SMU Bracket

1. SMU
Nicholls State

4. Washington State
Santa Clara

3. Saint Louis
Northern Iowa

2. BYU
Long Beach State

SMU NIT Bracket Schedule and Results

First Round – Top Half

#1 SMU 68, Nicholls State 58
#4 Washington State 63, Santa Clara 50

First Round – Bottom Half

Northern Iowa 80, #3 Saint Louis 68
#2 BYU 93, Long Beach State 72

Second Round

#4 Washington State 75, #1 SMU 63
#2 BYU 90, Northern Iowa 71

Right Side – Texas A&M Bracket

1. Texas A&M
Alcorn State

4. Utah State
Oregon

3. VCU
Princeton

2. Wake Forest
Towson

Texas A&M NIT Bracket Schedule and Results

First Round – Top Half

#1 Texas A&M 74, Alcorn State 62
Oregon 83, #4 Utah State 72

First Round – Bottom Half

#3 VCU 90, Princeton 79
#2 Wake Forest 74, Towson 64

Second Round

#1 Texas A&M 75, Oregon 60
#2 Wake Forest 80, #3 VCU 74

2022 NIT Quarterfinals

Tuesday, March 22

St. Bonaventure 52, Virginia 51

#2 Xavier 75, #4 Vanderbilt 73

Wednesday, March 23

#1 Texas A&M 67, #2 Wake Forest 52

#4 Washington State 77, #2 BYU 58

2022 NIT Final Four

Semifinals – Tuesday, March 29

  • Xavier 84, St. Bonaventure 77
  • Texas A&M 72, Washington State 56

2022 NIT Championship Game – Thursday, March 31

  • Xavier vs. Texas A&M, 7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN

2022 NIT Schedule

  • First Round: March 15 & 16
  • Second Round: March 19 & 20
  • Quarterfinals: March 22 & 23
  • Semifinals (Madison Square Garden): March 29
  • Championship Game (Madison Square Garden): March 31

Eddie Griffin
Eddie Griffin

Eddie Griffin has been writing about and Betting on sports for over a decade. For more of his thoughts on sports and sports betting, you can follow him on Twitter.

Eddie Griffin has been writing about and Betting on sports for over a decade. For more of his thoughts on sports and sports betting, you can follow him on Twitter.