Updated Sun, Mar 17, 2013 9:36 pm
The Mid-American Conference Championship loss was a tough one to swallow for the Bobcats, but they received better news Sunday night, as they received a bid for the NIT Tournament.
Ohio received a No. 6 seed and will be playing Denver on the road on Tuesday, March 19 at 9:15 p.m. The Pioneers went 21–9 this season and 16-2 in the Western Athletic Conference.
Denver has similar strengths with the Bobcats, as they are weak in rebounding – ranked last in the nation with 25.0 a game. They are also eighth in the nation with 16.4 assists per game. The Bobcats are first in the nation with 17.7 assists a game.
The NIT Selection Committee selects teams by Division I conference regular season champions, and then they pick the best available teams from the remaining field. In this case, Ohio was chosen as one of the best available teams.
The first three rounds are hosted by the higher-seeded teams, unless the host doesn’t accept it. Ohio will only host an NIT game if they meet Niagara or Northeastern in the tournament.
The Bobcats finished in second place of the 1941 NIT Tournament, but have gone 1-3 in the tournament since. If they win Tuesday, Ohio will face the winner of No. 2 Maryland and No. 7 Niagara. Tuesday’s game will be televised on ESPN3.