WKU men's basketball now knows the road it has to take to reach New York City for Thanksgiving.
The Hilltoppers will open the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off on November 16th against Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the tournament's South Regional in Baton Rouge, La. The winner will play either host LSU or Indiana State the following night for a spot in the semifinals at Madison Square Garden the day before Thanksgiving.
If the Hilltoppers - the tournament's no. 5 seed - lose to the Panthers, they'll play the LSU-Indiana State loser in a consolation game.
2009 will be WKU's third appearance in the tournament. The Hilltoppers reached the finals of the 1986 tournament before losing to UNLV and lost to then-no. 1 North Carolina in the first round of the 1993 event.