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Florida, Florida State to play in NIT

INDIANAPOLIS — Florida and Florida State accepted invitations to play in the National Invitation Tournament on Sunday.

The second-seeded Gators (19-14) will play No. 7 seed North Florida (22-11), the Atlantic Sun regular-season champion, in the first round in Region 4 at 9 p.m. Tuesday. Florida will travel to play the Ospreys in Jacksonville because of renovations to the O'Connell Center. The game will air on ESPNU.

This will be first-year UF coach Mike White's fourth trip to the NIT as a head coach. He led Louisiana Tech to the tournament three times from 2012-14.

The Seminoles (19-13), the fourth seed in Region 2, will host fifth-seeded Davidson (20-12) at 7 p.m. Tuesday on ESPN2.

"This is a good matchup for us," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. "They are deep, they are experienced and have played a great schedule."

Monmouth, St. Bonaventure, South Carolina and Valparaiso are the top seeds.

The first four teams left out of the NCAA Tournament automatically receive No. 1 seeds in the NIT, a practice that began last year. San Diego State and St. Mary's were among other schools relegated to the NIT after their NCAA hopes were dashed.

NIT first round

Region 1

No. 1 St. Bonaventure vs. No. 8 Wagner, 7 p.m. Wednesday

No. 4 Creighton vs. No. 5 Alabama, 9 p.m. Tuesday

No. 3 Virginia Tech vs. No. 6 Princeton, 8 p.m. Wednesday

No. 2 BYU vs. No. 7 UAB, 10 p.m. Wednesday

Region 2

No. 1 Valparaiso vs. No. 8 Texas Southern, 9:15 p.m. Tuesday

No. 4 Florida State vs. No. 5 Davidson, 7 p.m. Tuesday

No. 3 Georgia vs. No. 6 Belmont, 7 p.m. Wednesday

No. 2 Saint Mary's vs. No. 7 New Mexico State 11 p.m. Tuesday

Region 3

No. 1 South Carolina vs. No. 8 High Point, 7 p.m. Tuesday

No. 4 Georgia Tech vs. No. 5 Houston, 9 p.m. Wednesday

No. 3 Washington vs. No. 6 Long Beach State, 9 p.m. Tuesday

No. 2 San Diego State vs. No. 7 IPFW, 10 p.m. Tuesday

Region 4

No. 1 Monmouth vs. No. 8 Bucknell, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday

No. 4 George Washington vs. No. 5 Hofstra, 8 p.m. Wednesday

No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 6 Akron, 7 p.m. Tuesday

No. 2 Florida vs. No. 7 North Florida in Jacksonville, 9 p.m. Tuesday

Florida, Florida State to play in NIT 03/13/16 [Last modified: Sunday, March 13, 2016 10:43pm]
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