The Tigers own an 18-14 overall record and went 16-2 in Southwestern Athletic Conference action, winning the regular season crown by three games. Like TSU, Valpo also fell in the semifinals of its conference tournament. The Crusaders enter the NIT at 26-6 overall and 16-2 in Horizon League play.
TSU is making its third straight appearance in postseason play and its second trip to the NIT in the school’s history. The Tigers fell to Colorado in 2011. In 2014, they fell to Cal Poly in the First Four and last year eliminated in the NCAA Tournament to Arizona.
This marks the third time that the Crusaders have earned a spot in the postseason NIT, as Valpo previously lost in first-round action in 2003 at Iowa and in 2012 at Miami.UR This year is the sixth straight season that the Crusaders have advanced to postseason play.