After an amazing run through the Southland Conference regular season, UT-Arlington missed out on a chance at the NCAA Tournament, and is now an underdog travelling to Washington in the NIT.
UT-Arlington entered the Southland Conference Tournament with a 15-1 conference record and a No. 1 seed, but while NCAA dreams seemed a reality, their overall 24-8 record is good enough to earn them an 8 seed in the NIT against Washington, with a first round tip off scheduled for 9 p.m. CT on ESPNU Tuesday night.
Texas-Arlington missed a chance to go dancing in the NCAA Tournament when they failed to capitalize on their top seed in the Southland Conference Tournament, losing to underdog McNeese State 92-72 in the semifinals. Washington faced a similar situation in a weakened Pac-12 Conference, losing to Oregon State in the semifinals as well.
If UTA scores the upset and advances, they'll face the winner of No. 4 Northwestern and No. 5 Akron, and could face either the No. 2 seed Dayton or No. 3 seed Oregon in the quarterfinals.
Here's a look at the first round match-ups:
No. 1 Washington Huskies vs. No. 8 Texas-Arlington Mavericks
No. 4 Northwestern Wildcats vs. No. 5 Akron Zips
No. 3 Oregon Ducks vs. No. 6 LSU Tigers
No. 2 Dayton Flyers vs. No. 7 Iowa Hawkeyes
No. 1 Tennessee Volunteers vs. No. 8 Savannah St. Tigers
No. 4 Middle Tenn. St. Blue Raiders vs. No. 5 Marshall Thundering Herd
No. 3 La Salle Explorers vs. No. 6 Minnesota Golden Gophers
No. 2 Miami Hurricanes vs. No. 7 Valparaiso Crusaders
No. 1 Seton Hall Pirates vs. No. 8 Stony Brook Seawolves
No. 4 Mississippi St. Bulldogs vs. UMass Minutemen
No. 3 Drexel Dragons vs. Central Florida Knights
No. 2 St. Joseph's Hawks vs. No. 7 Northern Iowa Panthers
No. 1 Arizona Wildcats vs. No. 8 Bucknell Bison
No. 4 Oral Roberts Golden Eagles vs. No. 8 Nevada Wolf Pack
No. 3 Stanford Cardinal vs. No. 6 Cleveland St. Vikings
No. 2 Mississippi Rebels vs. No. 7 Illinois St. Redbirds
For a complete look at the 2012 NIT Bracket, click here.