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Tennessee Vs. Savannah State: Tigers Open NIT Tournament Against Volunteers

The Savannah State Tigers face the Tennessee Volunteers in the first round of the NIT tournament

The NIT tournament gets underway Tuesday and the Region 2 No. 8-seed Savannah State Tigers (21-11) have the No.1-seed Tennessee Volunteers (18-14) on their schedule.

This marks the first time these two programs play each other in basketball. The Tigers enter the game as the regular-season Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champions and winners of 13 straight games at the end of the regular season before losing in the conference tournament.

The winner of Tuesday's game will face the winner of the Middle Tennessee and Marshall contest. Here is a look at the NIT schedule and bracket:

*All times Eastern

Region 1

No. 2 Dayton Flyers at No. 7 Iowa Hawkeyes, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)

No. 4 Northwestern Wildcats vs. No. 5 Akron Zips, 9:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

No. 3 Oregon Ducks vs. No. 6 LSU Tigers, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)

No. 1 Washington Huskies vs. No. 8 Texas-Arlington Mavericks, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)

Region 2

No. 1 Tennessee Volunteers vs. No. 8 Savannah St. Tigers, 8:00 p.m. (ESPNU)

No. 4 Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders vs. No. 5 Marshall Thundering Herd, 9:15 p.m. (ESPN3)

Region 3

No. 4 Mississippi St. Bulldogs vs. No. 5 UMass Minutemen, 7:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

No. 1 Seton Hall Pirates vs. No. 8 Stony Brook Seawolves, 7:15 p.m. (ESPN3)

Region 4

No. 3 Stanford Cardinal vs. No. 6 Cleveland St. Vikings, 11:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

For more on the NIT, visit check out our NCAA basketball hub. For updates on the Savannah State game, check with SB Nation Atlanta.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.