The Zips drew a No. 6 seed in the NIT, pitting them against Florida State.
The teams will play in Tallahassee on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ESPN Classic will televise it.
The winner will face Massachusetts or Stephen F. Austin. If SFA wins, Akron would get a home game. Syracuse is the No. 1 seed in the Zips' portion of the bracket.
FSU went 19-14 this season and 7-9 in the ACC. The Seminoles took North Carolina to overtime on Feb. 3.
Some Zips fans wanted Akron to travel to Columbus for a showdown with the Buckeyes. Ohio State earned a No. 1 seed and will face 7-foot-7 Kenny George and UNC-Asheville, who won the Big South regular season title. Cleveland State got a No. 6 seed and will play Dayton, who is a 3 seed.
Seven teams this year earned the automatic bid, similar to UNC-Asheville. With the exception of Stephen F. Austin and Virginia Commonwealth, each of those occurrences took away at-large bids. VCU earned a 4 seed.
Among the resources available to the committee are various computer rankings, head-to-head results, chronological results, Division I results, non-conference results, home and away results, results in the last twelve games, rankings, polls and the NABC regional advisory committee rankings. (Source: NIT.org)