The winner will face the winner of the Georgia State-Utah contest. Georgia State was 14-15 last season and Mountain West co-champion Utah finished 25-8. The Utes welcome back leading scorer Nick Jacobson, who played basketball at Roseville (MN) High.
The Gophers faced Texas Tech on the road, losing 99-89 and defeating Georgia Tech 64-63 at home this past season.
PRESEASON NIT FIRST ROUND SCHEDULE
November 17 Georgia State at Utah
November 17 UMKC at Minnesota
November 18 St. Francis (NY) at Massachusetts
November 18 Davidson at Texas Tech
November 18 Louisiana Lafayette at Georgia Tech
November 18 Hofstra at Marist
November 17 Vermont at Nevada
November 17 Yale at Connecticut