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Arizona leads NIT Season Tip-Off field

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Arizona leads NIT Season Tip-Off field
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Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski confers with his team during the second half of a regional semifinal against Michigan State in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Indianapolis. Duke won 71-61. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Arizona, Duke, Alabama and Rutgers are the top four seeds for the 2013 NIT Season Tip-Off.

The first- and second-round doubleheaders will be played Nov. 18 and 19 on the campuses of the top seeds with the winners advancing to the semifinals at New York City's Madison Square Garden on Nov. 27. The championship game is Nov. 29.

In the four regional matchups: Fairleigh Dickinson is at Arizona and Rhode Island plays Metro State; Duke will host UNC Asheville and East Carolina faces Norfolk State; Alabama hosts Stillman and Georgia State meets McNeese State; and Canisius is at Rutgers and Elon meets Drexel.

Duke has won three consecutive Preseason NITs, most recently in 2009 when the Blue Devils beat Connecticut in the championship game.

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