IOWA CITY, Iowa (Ticker) -- The National Invitation Tournament kicks off on Monday night when Iowa hosts Valparaiso in an opening-round matchup.
Iowa (15-13) lost 10 of its final 14 games to drop out of contention for an NCAA Tournament berth. The Hawkeyes bowed out of the Big Ten Conference tournament with a 66-64 loss to Ohio State on Thursday.
Chanucey Leslie is averaging 15.6 points per game and Glen Worley chips in 11.5 points to lead Iowa.
Valparaiso (20-10) suffered a 66-64 loss last week to IUPUI in the championship of the Mid-Continent championship. Raitis Grafs leads the Crusaders with a 16.8 scoring average.
The teams have never met. The winner will face Iowa State or Wichita State in the first round.