The Charlotte 49ers missed out on the NCAA Tournament, but their season will continue on in the NIT.
The Niners, a five seed, will visit the fourth-seeded Providence Friars (17-14) from the Big East in the first round of the tournament Wednesday night at 7:15. The winner will take on the winner of the match between the top-seeded Kentucky Wildcats (SEC) and the eighth-seeded Robert Morris Colonials (NEC).
The Friars went 9-9 in the Big East, their final season in the conference–as we know it–before it and its six other basketball-only brethren split off to form the “new Big East”. They came close to beating Syracuse and Pitt at home but their biggest win was over Villanova (69-66). Of course, the Wildcats are dancing; the Friars’ resume just wasn’t good enough. However, some might argue that their place in the Big East helped their profile and led to them punching a ticket in the NIT.
Thirty-two teams made the NIT in all. The Alabama Crimson Tide, Virginia Cavaliers and Southern Miss Golden Eagles (a future Conference USA foe) were the other three top seeds. The first three rounds are played on campus sites; the semifinals and finals will be played at Madison Square Garden April 2 and 4. Two other A-10 teams made the field: UMass and Saint Joseph’s.