ESPN Family Of Networks Covering Entire Men’s 2014 NIT

Courtesy:  ESPN

Courtesy: ESPN

The 77th annual National Invitation Tournament (NIT) tips off tonight and the ESPN family of networks will have exclusive coverage of the entire tournament.

Every game of the annual NIT will be carried across the ESPN family of networks and online on ESPN3 via WatchESPN.  Round One tips off tonight at 7pm with games on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU.  The Mountaineers of West Virginia will take on the Georgetown Hoyas on ESPN, while the Florida State Seminoles will face Florida Gulf Coast on ESPN2.  The third of the 7pm games sees Robert Morris on the road against St. John’s on ESPNU.  St. John’s is making a record 30th appearance in this year’s NIT and is one of six teams in this year’s tournament that also made an appearance in the 2013 NIT.  The other five teams on that list are: Florida State, Indiana State, Louisiana Tech, Robert Morris, and Southern Miss.

Illinois and Boston University lead off coverage of Day Two at 7pm on ESPN2 with Iona and Louisiana Tech following at 7:30pm on ESPN3 at 7:30pm ET.  Florida Gulf Coast reached the NCAA Tournament’s “Sweet Sixteen” round in 2013.  This year marks the first time that the school will play in the NIT.  It is one of three schools that will make its first ever appearance in the NIT this year.  The other two schools making their first appearance in the NIT this year are High Point and Utah Valley.

Round Two of the NIT is March 20th – 24th.  Quarterfinals are scheduled for March 25th – 26th.  Semifinals are April 1st and the NIT Championship follows April 3rd.

The complete NIT First Round coverage schedule is listed below.

2014 NIT First Round Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Tue, March 18 7 p.m. NIT First Round: West Virginia at Georgetown
Mike Patrick & Dan Dakich
ESPN
7 p.m. NIT First Round: Florida Gulf Coast at Florida State
Mark Jones & Darrin Horn
ESPN2
7 p.m. NIT First Round: Robert Morris at St. John’s
Dave Pasch & Tim Welsh
ESPNU
8:15 p.m. NIT First Round: High Point at Minnesota
Clay Matvick & Mark Wise
ESPN3
8:15 p.m. NIT First Round: Belmont at Green Bay
Jim Barbar & Sean Harrington
ESPN3
9 p.m. NIT First Round: Indiana State at Arkansas
Brad Nessler & Jimmy Dykes
ESPN
9 p.m. NIT First Round: Davidson at Missouri
Bob Wischusen & Malcolm Huckaby
ESPN2
9 p.m. NIT First Round: Georgia State at Clemson
Tom Hart & Bob Valvano
ESPNU
11 p.m. NIT First Round: Utah at St. Mary’s
Dave Flemming & Sean Farnham
ESPN2
Wed, March 19 7 p.m. NIT First Round: Illinois at Boston University
Sean McDonough & Tim Welsh
ESPN2
7:30 p.m. NIT First Round: Iona at Louisiana Tech
Brett Dolan & Daymeon Fishback
ESPN3
8 p.m. NIT First Round: Vermont at Georgia
Joe Davis & Dino Gaudio
ESPNU
8:30 p.m. NIT First Round: Toledo at Southern Miss
Roy Philpott & Joe Dean
ESPN3
9 p.m. NIT First Round: UC Irvine at SMU
John Saunders & Fran Fraschilla
ESPN2
10 p.m. NIT First Round: LSU at San Francisco
Roxy Bernstein & Bill Walton
ESPNU
10:30 p.m. NIT First Round: Utah Valley at California
Trey Bender & Jon Crispin
ESPN3

 

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HEARTCAKEPARTY Releases Hard Hitting New LP in “Mock Heroic”

Courtesy: Indianola Records/Persistent Heart Media

Georgia is one of the biggest hotbeds of music in the country.  For years, some of the biggest names in the business have come from Georgia.  Among some of the biggest bands to come from Georgia are:  Collective Soul, R.E.M. The B-52’s, and Sevendust, just to name a handful.  Now, another Georgia based band is looking to add its name to the ranks of some of the state’s biggest bands.  That band is Summerville, Georgia’s HEARTCAKEPARTY.  This post-hardcore band recently released new album, “Mock Heroic” via Indianola Records.  This is a record for all the fans of bands the likes of All That Remains, Dillinger Escape Plan, Killswitch Engage, and As I Lay Dying.

The album opens with pummeling, “K.O.T.W.O.F.F.L.”  Front man Casey Smith unleashes his vocal fury with precision while his band mates—Shelby Short (bass), Blake Sprayberry (guitar), Jeremy Muse (guitar), and Chris Blankenship (drums)—provide the equally pounding backing that will have any listener moving.  ‘Fun is just F’n Without You’ sees the band lighten up somewhat, offering a more melodic sound with Smith opting to sing instead of his guttural screams.  The band wastes no time after this getting back to its musical brutality when it launches into ‘The Opposition.’ 

“Mock Heroic” continues in much the same fashion through the remainder of the album, with tracks such as ‘Sings of a Sinking Ship’ and ‘Your Friend’s a Killer’ serving as standout tracks.  Perhaps the most standout track on the entire album is the band’s cover of Cee Lo Green’s ‘Forget You’ (to clean it up).  Whoever would have thought a hard rock/metal cover of a hip-hop /R&B song would work.  But somehow it does work.  And it makes for one more of the album’s high marks.

HEARTCAKEPARTY will be performing live tomorrow at The Seven Venue with Scream Out Loud in Douglasville, Georgia.  To get any more tour dates and news from HEARTCAKEPARTY, fans can go online to http://www.facebook.com/HEARTCAKEPARTY, http://www.myspace.com/HEARTCAKEPARTY, and http://twitter.com/TheRealHCP.

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