Two teams that just a week ago had NCAA Tournament dreams will meet on Tuesday in the National Invitational Tournament.
No. 4 seed Washington State and Eastern Washington will meet in the first round of the NIT at 8 p.m. in Pullman.
The teams met on Nov. 21 at Spokane Arena, a game WSU won 82-56.
EWU (22-10) followed that up by winning 18 straight games at one point, only to finish with two losses to end its Big Sky Conference season. The Eagles beat Northern Arizona 81-80 in the quarterfinals of the Big Sky tournament in Boise last week.
Washington State (17-16), which likely needed to win the Pac-12 tournament to earn an NCAA bid, also finished the season by winning seven straight games before losing to Oregon 75-70 on Thursday in the quarterfinals tournament. in Las Vegas.
The winner of Tuesday’s game will play the winner of Wednesday’s game between No. 1 seed Oklahoma State and Youngstown State.