Following their 18-15 (8-10) campaign, the Indiana Hoosiers have accepted a bid to the National Invitation Tournament and will play against Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets were 17-15 (8-10 ACC) this season, and are ranked 82nd on KenPom.
The game will be in Atlanta despite Indiana having the higher seed due to "ongoing renovations" at Assembly Hall. It's Tuesday night, March 14 at 9 PM. The game will be televised on ESPN.
Of course, renovations (to the best of everyone's knowledge) were complete and Assembly Hall operated without incident for the entire past season. It will be interesting if Indiana Athletics has any further information regarding this next round of renovations that are, apparently, extensive enough to warrant giving up the opportunity to host the game and, instead, sending Indiana on the road despite earning a 3-seed.
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As you may recall, Kentucky played on the road as a 1-seed in an opening round NIT game back in 2013 due to Rupp Arena's unavailability, where they promptly lost to 8-seed Robert Morris. More on this situation as it develops.
UPDATE: The renovations were a lie!
I'm told IU is not hosting because students — a large portion of ticket holders — are on spring break. IU will host going forward, if alive.— Mike Miller (@MikeMillerHT) March 13, 2017
Well there you have it, Indiana isn't hosting the first weekend because the building would largely be empty. Should they be around long enough, you could still see an NIT game in Assembly Hall this year.