A year after a Cinderella run to the Final Four, Loyola must set its sights a little lower.
The Ramblers are headed to the NIT, seeded seventh, with a first-round date against No. 2 seed Creighton (18-14) at 8 p.m. Tuesday (ESPNU).
"This is a terrific opportunity for our guys to compete and advance in a prestigious, national tournament," coach Porter Moser said in a statement. "We are excited to play."
Loyola (20-13) shared the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title with Drake but lost in the tournament semifinals to Bradley, which went on to win the conference tournament and the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The Ramblers won the tiebreaker with Drake and were guaranteed an automatic berth in the NIT.
They failed to string together more than three victories in a row this season. Marques Townes, the conference player of the year, leads the Ramblers with 15.6 points per game.
Moser played at Creighton from 1986 to 1990. He helped the Bluejays win a Missouri Valley championship and advance to the NCAA Tournament in 1989.
His first coaching job was as a graduate assistant at Creighton in 1990-91.
"Well, someone on the committee got a chuckle scheduling us against my alma mater," Moser said in a statement. "Needless to say, I have a ton of respect for (coach) Greg (McDermott) and the program he runs. It's an awesome fan base with a great college basketball atmosphere. They are playing extremely well right now."
Two Big Ten teams also received invitations to the NIT. Indiana earned a No. 1 seed and will play No. 8 St. Francis on Tuesday. No. 4 seed Nebraska faces No. 5 seed Butler on Wednesday.
DePaul in CBI
DePaul will play Central Michigan in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational at 7 p.m. Wednesday at McGrath-Phillips Arena on campus.
The Blue Demons (15-15) have not participated in postseason play since reaching the quarterfinals of the 2007 NIT. They are one of 16 teams invited to the CBI.
DePaul and West Virginia (14-20), which plays Grand Canyon in the first round, are the first teams from a power conference (including the Big East) to play in the CBI since Colorado in 2015.
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