Illinois and Illinois State have been invited to play in the National Invitational Tournament (NIT).
Illinois (18-14) - a #2 seed - will host Valparaiso in a first round game Tuesday night at 6:15 pm at State Farm Center in Champaign. The broadcast time - 5 pm for the pregame show here on the Big-Z....94.3 FM.
It's the 7th NIT appearance for the Illini - they also made the tourney in 1980, '82, '96, 2010, 2014, & 2015.
Illinois State (27-6) - a #1 seed - will host UC-Irvine Wednesday night at 8:30 pm at Redbird Arena in Normal.
The other #1 seeds in the NIT tournament -- Syracuse (18-14), Iowa (18-14), & Cal (21-12).
Indiana (18-15) is a #3 seed in the tourney.