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Preseason NIT: A Tradition Ends

Twas the night before Thanksgiving, when all through the gym
Not a player was dribbling, no shots at the rim;
The nets were hung on the hoops with care,
But no basketball would be played there

There will be no basketball at Madison Square Garden tonight. The Preseason NIT semifinal doubleheader had been played there, the night before Thanksgiving, since its inception in 1985. I’d attended with family and friends almost every year since 1993.

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