It's called the
This year teams such as Monmouth, St. Mary's, St. Bonaventure, South Carolina and Valparaiso.
But it's also a second chance for some pretty good teams that just missed stealing a big-tournament bid.
Teams such as Long Beach State, which missed what might have been a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer of the
The 49ers (20-14) will open NIT play Tuesday at Washington (18-14).
In other games Tuesday, High Point (21-10) is at South Carolina (24-8), Davidson (20-12) is at Florida State (19-13), Alabama (18-14) is at Creighton (18-14), Florida (19-14) is at North Florida (22-11), Texas Southern (18-14) is at Valparaiso (26-6), Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne (24-9) is at San Diego State (25-9), and New Mexico State (23-10) is at St. Mary's (27-5).