Gonzaga is happy just going anywhere to play basketball after the regular season ends.
"Today's like Christmas for us," Gonzaga coach Dan Monson said.So what if the Bulldogs won't be heading to the NCAAs. Instead, after posting a gaudy 23-9 record, Gonzaga is going to the National Invitation Tournament and a first-round date Wednesday at Wyoming (19-8).
Among the NIT teams, only Pacific has won more games this season than Gonzaga. Pacific (24-9) will be at home against Fresno State (18-11).
Besides Wyoming and Fresno State, two other WAC teams are in the 32-team NIT field. Hawaii (19-8) will host Arizona State (18-13), while Colorado State (20-8) travels to Minnesota (15-15).
Vanderbilt (18-12) opens at home against St. Bonaventure (17-14), Georgia (16-14) travels to Iowa (20-10), Florida (14-14) is at home against Georgetown (15-14) and Auburn (15-12) will be host to Southern Mississippi (22-10).
North Carolina-Wilmington (20-10) faces Wake Forest (15-13) in the only Thursday first-rounder.
Other NIT openers: Kansas State (17-11) at North Carolina State (16-14), Rider (18-9) at Penn State (15-12), Long Island University (21-10) at Dayton (20-11), Seton Hall (15-14) at Georgia Tech (17-13), Ball State (21-7) at Memphis (16-11), Creighton (18-9) at Marquette (18-10), and Alabama-Birmingham (20-11) at Missouri (17-14).