Akron To Play Houston in NIT First Round

Akron To Play Houston in NIT First Round

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AKRON, Ohio – For the second straight season, the Akron Zips earned an automatic qualifying bid for the National Invitation Tournament as they are scheduled to travel to the University of Houston for first round action on Wednesday, March 15.

The No. 7 seed Zips (26-8) will collide No. 2 seed Cougars (21-10) at 7:30 p.m. ET at Texas Southern's Health and Physical Education Arena, The game will air live on ESPNU.

The Zips will be making their seventh appearance in the NIT, the fifth under Dambrot.  Akron is 2-6 all-time in the tournament and 2-4 with Dambrot at the helm. Akron has made 12 Division I postseason appearances, including the nine of the last 10 seasons.

Akron last appeared in the NIT in 2016 against Ohio State. The Zips traveled to Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio and forced overtime before falling 72-63.

The winner of Wednesday's contest advances to second round action against the winner of No. 3 BYU and No. 6 UT-Arlington. Game time and location are to be determined.

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