Illinois to Face Boston University in NIT
March 16, 2014
Illinois (19-14) earned a No. 2 seed in the 2014 National Invitation Tournament and will face No. 7 seed Boston University (24-10) in the first round on Wednesday, March 19, at 6 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast by ESPN2.
Despite having a higher seed, the Fighting Illini will hit the road to face the Terriers at Agganis Arena in Boston due to renovations taking place at State Farm Center in Champaign.
This will mark the fifth appearance in the NIT for Illinois and the first since 2010. The Illini, who are 7-4 all-time in the NIT, also played in the tournament in 1980, 1982, 1996 and 2010. Overall, it marks the 35th postseason appearance for the Orange and Blue and the 30th in the last 35 years (25 NCAA Tournament, 5 NIT).
BU won the Patriot League regular season title with a 15-3 conference record but fell to American University in the conference tournament final to earn one of 13 automatic bids to the NIT (regular season conference champions that don't win their tournament get an automatic invitation to the NIT). Illinois was an at-large selection after finishing tied for eighth in the Big Ten with a 7-11 record.
The Illini will be the first Big Ten member to visit Agganis Arena since the Terriers hosted Michigan in 2006.
Ticket information will be released through GoTerriers.com on Monday, March 17.