Tigers will learn NIT assignment tonight at 8:30 on ESPNU

Clemson being projected as a No. 4 or 5 seed in 32-team, four bracket tournament

ACC Tournament: K J McDaniels

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ACC Tournament: K J McDaniels

Who and where?

Those questions will be answered tonight at 8:30 p.m. when the NIT selection show is broadcast by ESPNU.

The Tigers, 20-12, came up on the wrong side of the NCAA bubble, after Friday's one-point loss to No. 7 Duke in the ACC tournament quarterfinals and their current No. 79 RPI.

The Tigers are one of four ACC teams projected to make the NIT field.

The website 'NIT Bracket Project' has Clemson as a No. 4 seed, going against fifth-seeded LSU in a bracket topped by St. John's.

Another projection by 'Big Apple Buckets' has the Tigers as a No. 5 seed, going against fourth-seeded Arkansas in a bracket topped by NC State.

Florida State is projected as a No. 1 seed and Maryland as a No. 5 seed by both models.

The 32-team NIT extends automatic bids to regular-season champions who lose in their league tournaments and do not receive at-large bids to the NCAA's big dance.

Currently that list is projected to include 11 teams, with six more possibilities by the end of Sunday's games.

Clemson last played in the NIT in 2006-07, when the Tigers reached the final, but lost to West Virginia 78-73. The Tigers also played for the title in 1998-99, but lost to California 61-60.

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