BU to host Illinois in NIT opener

Boston University, which missed out on a spot in the NCAA tournament by losing to American in the Patriot League tournament final, will host Illinois in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament on Wednesday at 7 p.m. (ESPN2).

The Terriers (24-10) earned an automatic berth in the NIT as Patriot League regular season champ.

Playing in a postseason tournament for the third time in four years, BU will be making its sixth appearance in the NIT and first since earning three consecutive bids from 2003-05.