The NCAA tournament may be a mile wide and an inch deep with only a handful of standout teams, but the NIT has as deep a field as it has in many years.
That said, two bubble teams from power conferences who were passed over Sunday in favor of a pair of mid-major teams from their own states - The Crimson Tide and the Hokies - were relegated to the 32-team NIT. Alabama and Virginia Tech missed the Big Dance while Virginia Commonwealth and Alabama Birmingham went dancing.
Alabama and Virginia Tech were joined as No. 1-seeded teams by Colorado and Boston College on Sunday night, two more teams that had high hopes of playing in the NCAA tournament.
They'll play host to first-round games Tuesday and Wednesday, with the championship game March 31 in New York City.
Miami made the NIT field as a #2 seed, but Maryland did not make the field.
No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. No. 8 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers on Tuesday at 7 pm
No. 4 New Mexico Lobos vs. No. 5 UTEP Miners on Tuesday at 9 pm
No. 3 Missouri State Bears vs. No. 6 Murray State Racers on Tuesday at 8 pm
No. 2 MIAMI HURRICANES vs. No. 7 Florida Atlantic Owls on Wednesday at 11 pm
No. 1 Colorado Buffaloes vs. No. 8 Texas Southern Wednesday at 7 pm
No. 4 California Golden Bears vs. No. 5 Mississippi Rebels on Wednesday at 9 pm
No. 3 Colorado St. Rams vs. No. 6 Fairfield Stags Tuesday at 9 pm
No. 2 St. Mary's Gaels vs. No. 7 Kent St. Golden Flashes on Tuesday at 11 pm
No. 1 BOSTON COLLEGE EAGLES vs. 8 McNeese St. Cowboys on Tuesday at 9 pm
No. 4 Northwestern Wildcats vs. No. 5 Milwaukee Panthers on Wednesday at 8 pm
No. 3 Oklahoma St. Cowboys vs. No. 6 Harvard Crimson on Tuesday at 7 pm
No. 2 Washington St. Cougars vs. No. 7 Long Beach St. 49ers on Wednesday at 10 pm
No. 1 VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES vs. No. 8 Bethune-Cookman Wildcats on Wednesday at 8 pm
No. 4 Wichita St. Shockers vs. No. 5 Nebraska Cornhuskers on Wednesday at 7 pm
No. 3 Dayton Flyers vs. No. 6 Charleston Cougars on Tuesday at 7 pm
No. 2 Cleveland St. Vikings vs. No. 7 Vermont Catamounts on Tuesday at 7 pm