BROOKLYN – ​Seattle University men's basketball will up the ante and excitement this coming season when they take part in the 2019 NIT Season Tip-Off over two weeks in November.

The Redhawks will play a pair of early round games, beginning Saturday, Nov. 16 at Syracuse, followed by a Monday, Nov. 19 meeting at Ole Miss. Both the Orange and Rebels finished the 2018-19 season ranked in the top 50 in the final NET rankings, after each earning an eight-seed in the NCAA Tournament.

"This tournament will be a great challenge for our guys against some of the nation's top teams," said Head Coach Jim Hayford. "I am really looking forward to the challenge."

Following the early round games, the Redhawks will head to south as the NIT Season Tip-Off includes a quartet of games at HP Field House at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando.

On Monday, Nov. 25, Seattle U will open Orlando Subregional play against 2019 Patriot League co-champion Bucknell, while Ivy League co-champion Yale will square off against the MAC’s Western Michigan. On Tuesday, Nov. 26, all four teams will play again, with the winners from the previous day vying for the Orlando Subregional championship. All four games will be broadcast on ESPNU.

The NIT Season Tip-Off is one of 11 college basketball events owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN.

ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of 33 collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games, the FCS opening-weekend game, 15 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events, a college softball event, an esports event and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 375-plus hours of live programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 800,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and St. Petersburg, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.