Let’s say Iowa beats Stony Brook in tonight’s second-round NIT game in Iowa City, wins its third-round game, and goes to New York’s Madison Square Garden for that version of the Final Four.
It’s entirely possible, and perhaps likely, that tonight’s sold-out second-round NIT game at 15,400-seat Carver-Hawkeye Arena will out-draw the two sessions in the Garden combined.
Last year, the NIT semifinals of Minnesota-Washington and Stanford-Massachusetts drew 7,574 fans. The championship game, a 75-51 Stanford win over the Gophers, was held before a gathering of 5,494.
The Garden seats 19,033 for basketball. The New York Knicks have sold out each of their 33 home games played so far this season.