Irvine (23-11) meets Southern Methodist (23-9), the final team snubbed by the
SMU is guided by Hall of Fame Coach Larry Brown and is 15-1 playing at home this season.
The game will be televised on ESPN2 starting at 6 p.m. PDT.
"We could have beaten Louisville at home. … We didn't play our best game at Memphis, but we didn't get blown out by either team," a clearly disappointed Brown said after SMU was left out of the NCAA field. "But when we didn't beat Houston, I kind of thought this could possibly happen."
Minnesota, Florida State and
St. John's (20-12) plays at home Tuesday night against Robert Morris (21-13), which upset
Florida State (19-13) takes on
Minnesota (20-13) takes on
The 32-team NIT field includes 13 automatic qualifiers, teams that won their regular-season conference titles without getting an NCAA bid.
All four opponents for the No. 1 seeds were among those teams guaranteed NIT spots. FGCU (