Boston University and Vermont lost in their respective conference tournaments, ending their NCAA dreams, but their seasons will continue in the NIT, where both teams are No. 7 seeds.
BU (24-10) will host second-seeded Illinois (19-14) on Wednesday in the first round of the 32-team tournament. Tipoff for the game, which will be televised on ESPN2, is scheduled for 7 p.m. If the Terriers win, they’d face either Clemson or Georgia State in the next round.
Vermont (22-10) will visit No. 2 Georgia (19-13) on Wednesday for an 8 p.m. game that will be televised on ESPNU. If the Catamounts advance, they’d face the Louisiana Tech-Iona winner.
Teams such as BU and Vermont, which won their regular-season conference titles but lost in their conference tournaments, receive automatic bids to the NIT. The selection committee then fills the remaining spots with the best teams still out there.
See the NIT bracket on NCAA.com.
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