JAMAICA, New York (Ticker) -- UAB will try to reach its third National Invitation Tournament semifinal when it visits St. John's on Thursday night at Alumni Hall.
The Blazers (21-12) have won five of their last six games and last met St. John's (18-13) in the semifinals of the 1989 NIT, when the Red Storm posted a 76-65 victory.
The winner of this game will face Texas Tech on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden, where the Red Storm play the majority of their home games.
UAB also went to the NIT semifinals in 1993.
St. John's has won six of its last seven games after a four-game losing streak late in the regular season cost the Red Storm a chance to go the NCAA Tournament.
The Red Storm advanced to the quarterfinals with wins here over Boston University and Virginia.
St. John's has not played outside of New York since March 8, while UAB opened the NIT with a home win over Louisiana-Lafayette before posting an 80-71 win at Siena on Tuesday.