Their hopes of dancing in the NCAA tournament dashed, the University of Massachusetts and Northeastern will have to settle for playing in the NIT.
UMass, which made the NIT's final four last season, earned a No. 2 seed in this year's tournament and will open play by hosting No. 7 seed Stony Brook on Wednesday (7:15 p.m., ESPN3).
The Minutemen (21-11) fell to VCU, 71-62, in the Atlantic 10 semifinals. Stony Brook (24-7) ran away with the America East regular-season title, but was upset by Albany, 61-59, in the conference tournament semis.
Northeastern (20-12), the regular-season champs of the CAA but losers to James Madison in the conference tournament final, are a No. 8 seed and will face top seed Alabama on Tuesday (9 p.m., ESPN2).
Alabama (21-12) tied for second in the SEC, which had a rare down year. The Tide have lost four of their last seven games, including a 61-51 defeat to Florida in the SEC semifinals.
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