NCAA announces details and broadcast plans for inaugural Women's Basketball Invitation Tournament

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The NCAA will hold the inaugural 32-team Women's Basketball Invitation Tournament next spring on campus sites with the champion crowned April 3 in Indianapolis.

ESPN owns television broadcast rights, the NCAA said Tuesday. ESPN-plus will air preliminary round games exclusively while Westwood One Sports will provide radio coverage of the semifinals and finals.

Butler's Hinkle Fieldhouse will host the final fours of both the WBIT and the NIT, the men's tourney, in April. The men's championship game will be played April 4.


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