Greensboro Gets Shot at Boeheim, Syracuse in NIT Opener
NEW YORK (AP) — Greensboro is getting its shot at Jim Boeheim.
Four days after the Hall of Fame coach from Syracuse angered an entire city by saying there was "no value" in the Atlantic Coast Conference holding its postseason tournament in Greensboro, North Carolina, the Orange were matched up Sunday night against UNC Greensboro in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.
Among the final few teams left out of the NCAA Tournament, top-seeded Syracuse (18-14) will host the eighth-seeded Spartans (25-9) at the Carrier Dome on Tuesday night.
Reggie Minton, chair of the selection committee, said the NIT did not pair up the teams on purpose and didn't have Boeheim's comment in mind when the bracket was set.
California, Iowa and Illinois State are the other No. 1 seeds in the 32-team field. Play begins Tuesday night, mostly on campus sites, and concludes with the semifinals and championship game at Madison Square Garden in late March.