The Huskies will play the game in Gampel Pavilion at 7 p.m. The Huskies last appeared in the NIT during the 2009-10 season. The season after, the Huskies led by Kemba Walker won a national championship.
The Huskies won the 1988 NIT championship.
The Huskies looked like a team that's season came to an end postgame on Sunday, but head coach Kevin Ollie believes he can fire the players up for a postseason run.
"You put on a UConn jersey. If you can't get geared up, then I don't want you on my team," Ollie said postgame after the loss to SMU Sunday.
Ollie also talked up the value of the NIT:
"Post-season play. You lose, you go home. That's what you get out of it, it's experience. As a man, you grow up, you have experiences and your mama whoop you and you go back and you learn from it. Just like everything in life, you got post-season. There's no next day. So these guys are learning from it. If it's NIT or NCAA, they going to learn from it and they going to come back better from it."
UConn guard Ryan Boatright said he'll be able to rebound for the postseason.
"I am going to be down, but as soon as I put jersey back on I want to win the game," Boatright said. "I'll get my mind right and get ready for the NIT."
Nine of 10 rotation players for the Huskies are underclassmen. The game will be another potential tournament for Rodney Purvis and Daniel Hamilton to get their feet wet.