Fifth-seeded Akron will play at fourth-seeded Northwestern Tuesday at 9 p.m. in the first round of the NIT, to be televised on ESPN2.
The ESPNU broadcasters called Northwestern a "finesse" team. The Wildcats run the Princeton offense and often play a 1-3-1 matchup zone defense. Northwestern was considered a bubble team.
The winner plays either Washington or Texas-Arlington.
The NIT has 32 teams. All 31 games will be on the ESPN networks.
Meanwhile, MAC Champion Ohio will play Michigan as a No. 13 seed. Bowling Green, Kent State and Toledo will play in the CIT. Still no word on Buffalo. With these secondary tournaments, it often comes down to whether the team is willing to pay for a game, and Buffalo might decline on that ground.