Alabama (20-11) is a number five seed in the 32-team tournament, while UMass (23-8) is the number four seed. Tuesday night's game will be televised on ESPN.
The winner of the opening round game matches up against the winner between No. 1 West Virginia and No. 8 Delaware State. The higher seeded team hosts each round of the tournament until the semifinal round in New York's Madison Square Garden.
Other Southeastern Conference teams in the NIT were number one seed Mississippi State (vs. Mississippi Valley State), fourth-seeded Ole Miss (vs. Appalachian State) and fourth-seeded Georgia (vs. Fresno State).