COLLEGE PARK, MD - The University of Maryland men's basketball team will face the Niagara Purple Eagles in the first round of the 2013 National Invitation Tournament Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Comcast Center. The game will be televised on ESPN2.
The Terrapins earned a No. 2 seed, while Niagara (19-13) was seeded seventh. Maryland and Niagara have met just once before - a 100-69 Terrapin victory in the 1972 NIT Championship game.
"We're excited about this," said head coach Mark Turgeon. "We have a young team and we're playing a lot of young players. This is a great opportunity for us to keep playing and we're looking forward to it. Our coaching staff and players are excited about the NIT."
Maryland, which owns a 22-12 record after advancing to the ACC Tournament semifinals this weekend, is 11-6 all-time in seven appearances in the NIT. The Terrapins last participated in the tournament in 2008.
The winner of Maryland's first-round matchup will advance to face the winner of the first-round game between Denver (21-9) and Ohio (24-9). The higher seed hosts in the first three rounds of the NIT.
Tickets for the first round are available for $25 to the general public. Students can reserve a free ticket through their online account at www.tickets.umd.edu. Guest tickets will be available for $4. Click here to purchase tickets.