UAB and Troy make NIT field

By The Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Troy and UAB both will play in the NIT.

The Blazers (23-8) will host Coastal Carolina (28-6) Tuesday night in the first round. Troy (20-12) travels to Mississippi (21-10) on Wednesday.

UAB was holding out NCAA tournament hopes until a first-round dismissal at the Conference USA tournament.

The Trojans’ only suspense was their destination thanks to a first-place regular season Sun Belt Conference finish.

Troy had an eight-game win streak ended with a 66-63 loss to North Texas in the league tournament championship game to keep the Trojans from earning an automatic NCAA berth.

It’s Troy’s first NIT trip since the 2003-04 season.

Alabama was shut out of the field in Anthony Grant’s first season.