Jay Wright will lead Villanova in the NIT Season Tip-Off this year. (USATSI)
Jay Wright will lead Villanova in the NIT Season Tip-Off this year. (USATSI)

The NIT Season Tip-Off schedule for this upcoming season has been released, and it's headlined by two high-major NCAA Tournament teams from a season ago in Villanova and Arkansas.

Jay Wright's Wildcats lead the way, featuring what will likely be a top-15 team next season including returning Big East Player of the Year Ryan Arcidiacono, center Daniel Ochefu, and incoming five-star freshman Jalen Brunson. They'll face Stanford, last season's postseason NIT champion, in the semifinals on Nov. 26. The other pre-set semifinal, featuring Arkansas and Georgia Tech, will also be played on that date, with the two winners meeting in the championship game on Nov. 27. 

The semifinals and finals this season will be played at the Barclays Center after previously being held at Madison Square Garden since 1985. It was also announced that the event will be held at Barclays Center in 2016 and in 2018 as well, with the 2017 iteration being held at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island.

NIT Season Tip-Off

Barclays Center -- Brooklyn, N.Y.

November 26

Arkansas vs. Georgia Tech, 2 p.m.
Villanova vs. Stanford, 4:30 p.m.

November 27

Championship, 3 p.m.

Prior to the Championship Round games, there will be 12 other games played at designated campus sites. East Tennessee State, Akron, Charleston Southern and Green Bay also will be playing in the event with the four other teams mentioned above. Here is the full schedule of those games.

November 13

Green Bay at Stanford

November 15

Charleston Southern at Stanford

November 17

Green Bay at East Tennessee State

November 18

Akron at Arkansas

November 19

Green Bay at Georgia Tech

November 20

East Tennessee State at Villanova 

Charleston Southern at Arkansas

November 22

Akron at Villanova

East Tennessee State at Georgia Tech

November 24

Akron at Green Bay

East Tennessee State at Charleston Southern

November 27

Charleston Southern at Akron