Mizzou will move onto the NIT.  First game is Tuesday night.

Mizzou will move onto the NIT. First game is Tuesday night.

Mizzou Athletics announced on Sunday evening that its basketball program has accepted a bid to play in the 2014 National Invitation Tournament. The Tigers are the No. 2 seed in the Minneapolis Region and will host No. 7-seeded Davidson on Tuesday night (March 18) at 8 p.m. The game will be televised live on ESPN2.

Missouri is making its first appearance in the National Invitation Tournament since 2005. The Tigers fell to DePaul, 75-70, (March 15, 2005) that season and will be making their eighth appearance overall in the field. Mizzou is 1-7 all-time in the NIT with the lone win coming against Murray State (89-85) in 1996.

Davidson comes into Tuesday’s game with a 20-12 overall record. The Wildcats won the Southern Conference regular-season title with a 15-1 mark, but fell to Western Carolina in the tournament semifinal, 99-97, in overtime. Mizzou and Davidson will meet for the fourth time in series history. The Wildcats are 2-1 all-time vs. Mizzou, including an 84-81 win at Mizzou Arena on Nov. 19, 2004. Mizzou also topped Davidson at Mizzou Arena on Nov. 19, 2006.

The winner of Tuesday’s game will meet the winner of the Toledo at Southern Mississippi game played Wednesday night in Hattiesburg, Miss. Host site information, game time and game date for that contest will be announced by the NIT.