SDSU earns No. 7 seed in NIT, will play at No. 2 Texas in first round

South Dakota State men's basketball earned a No. 7 seed and drew second-seeded Texas in the 2019 National Invitational Tournament (NIT). The Jackrabbits and Longhorns will face off Tuesday in Austin, Texas at 8 p.m. CST on ESPN.

The Jackrabbits (24-8, 14-2 Summit League) are making their eighth straight trip to the postseason, and second-ever in the NIT, with an automatic bid after winning the Summit League's regular season title outright.

The Longhorns (16-16, 8-10 Big 12) are making their first appearance in the NIT since 1986 after finishing sixth in the Big 12 standings.

This is the first-ever meeting between South Dakota State and Texas.

The winner of Tuesday's game faces the winner of Xavier and Toledo in the NIT's second round. Location, date and time for that game is yet to be determined.

Participating schools host the 32-team, single-elimination tournament at campus sites through the first three rounds.

The first round of the NIT is on Tuesday, March 19 and Wednesday, March 20. The second round will then be played between Thursday, March 21 and Monday, March 25. The quarterfinals are scheduled for Tuesday, March 26 and Wednesday, March 27.

Action shifts to New York City for the semifinals on Tuesday, April 2. The NIT title game, also at Madison Square Garden, is set for Thursday, April 4.

Fans interested in buying tickets can visit the Texas Athletics Ticket Office at http://hookem.at/NIT-Tickets. Prices are set at $14 for reserved and $12 for general admission.