Oddsmakers figure Tigers' chances of winning NIT about as good as anybody's

Clemson opens with 8-1 odds, SMU favored at 5-1

ACC Tournament: Sidy Djitte

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ACC Tournament: Sidy Djitte

The oddsmakers figure Clemson has just about as good a chance as anybody to win the NIT.

The third-seeded Tigers, 20-12, open tournament play tonight at home against 25-8 Georgia State, which missed the NCAA's big dance by the margin of a one-point overtime loss in the Sun Belt tournament championship game.

Clemson is listed by The Associated Press as an 8-1 shot to win the tournament, narrowly behind Florida State, Georgetown and Minnesota - all at 7-1. St. John's is listed at 6-1, and SMU is the favorite at 5-1.

Georgia State's odds are listed at 35-1, while High Point, Florida Gulf Coast and Robert Morris bring up the rear with 250-1 odds.

NIT play gets underway tonight with nine games. The remaining seven first-round games will be played on Wednesday.

Clemson's game tonight against Georgia State will tip off at 9 p.m., with television coverage by ESPNU. General admission adult tickets are $10, with tickets available for teens (13-18) for $4. Children 12 and under and Clemson students get in free.

Tuesday, March 18

Robert Morris (21-13) at St. John's (20-12), 7 p.m.

Florida Gulf Coast (22-12) at Florida State (19-13), 7 p.m.

West Virginia (17-15) at Georgetown (17-14), 7 p.m.

Belmont (24-9) at Wisconsin-Green Bay (24-6), 8:15 p.m.

High Point (16-14) at Minnesota (20-13), 8:15 p.m.

Georgia State (25-8) at Clemson (20-12), 9 p.m.

Indiana State (23-10) at Arkansas (21-11), 9 p.m.

Davidson (20-12) at Missouri (22-11), 9 p.m.

Utah (21-11) at St. Mary's (CA) (22-11), 11 p.m.

Wednesday, March 19

Illinois (19-14) at Boston U. (24-10), 7 p.m.

Iona (22-10) at Louisiana Tech (27-7), 7:30 p.m.

Vermont (22-10) at Georgia (19-13), 8 p.m.

Toledo (27-6) at Southern Miss (27-6), 8:30 p.m.

UC Irvine (23-11) at SMU (23-9), 9 p.m.

LSU (19-13) at San Francisco (21-11), 10 p.m.

Utah Valley (20-11) at California (19-13), 10:30 p.m.

Second Round

Thursday, March 20-Monday, March 24

Robert Morris-St. John's winner vs. Belmont-Wisconsin-Green Bay winner

Florida Gulf Coast-Florida State winner vs. West Virginia-Georgetown winner

High Point-Minnesota winner vs. Utah-St. Mary's (CA) winner

Georgia State-Clemson winner vs. Illinois-Boston U. winner

Indiana State-Arkansas winner vs. Utah Valley-California winner

Davidson-Missouri winner vs. Toledo-Southern Miss winner

Iona-Louisiana Tech winner vs. Vermont-Georgia winner

UC Irvine-SMU winner vs. LSU-San Francisco winner

Quarterfinals

Tuesday, March 25-Wednesday, March 26

TBD

At Madison Square Garden

New York

Semifinals

Tuesday, April 1

Semifinal, 7 p.m.

Semifinal, 9:30 p.m.

Championship

Thursday, April 3

Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.

Current Odds

TEAM ODDS

SMU 5-1

St. John's 6-1

Florida St. 7-1

Georgetown 7-1

Minnesota 7-1

California 8-1

Clemson 8-1

Louisiana Tech 8-1

Arkansas 10-1

Illinois 10-1

Missouri 10-1

Southern Miss. 10-1

Saint Mary's (Cal) 12-1

Utah 12-1

Georgia 14-1

Green Bay 14-1

LSU 14-1

San Francisco 14-1

Belmont 20-1

West Virginia 20-1

Georgia St. 35-1

Indiana St. 35-1

Iona 35-1

Toledo 35-1

Boston U. 50-1

Davidson 50-1

Utah Valley St. 50-1

Vermont 50-1

UC Irvine 100-1

Fla. Gulf Coast 250-1

High Point 250-1

Robert Morris 250-1

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