A year after narrowly missing out on the National Invitation Tournament, the Tigers, 19-13 overall, received a bid to college basketball's second-tier postseason tournament.
LSU, seeded fifth in the SMU Quadrant of the bracket, will travel to San Francisco to play the Dons, 21-11 (13-5 in West Coast Conference play), on Wednesday night at 9 p.m. CT in the first round.
Should the Tigers get past San Francisco they would face the winner of top-seeded SMU and eighth-seeded UC Irvine.
The 32-team NIT field, announced Sunday evening, includes SEC squads Arkansas, Georgia and Missouri on top of LSU while the trio of Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee will represent the league in the NCAA Tournament.
The postseason berth for LSU is the first in two seasons under head coach Johnny Jones. The Tigers still haven't made the NCAA Tournament since the 2008-09 season, when Trent Johnson's SEC champions advanced to the Round of 32 as an eight-seed.