NIT opener matches Green Bay (24-6) and Belmont (24-9)

Phoenix Coach Brian Wardle played in the NIT at Marquette and knows the tournament’s rich history. He’ll guide his Green Bay team tonight (7:15) at the Resch Center vs. visiting Belmont in opening-round action. Should be a lot of offense. Belmont ranks second nationally in field goal percentage (.509) and is tied for ninth in three-point field goal percentage (.397). The winner advances to face top seed and tournament favorite St. John’s, assuming the Red Storm gets past visiting Robert Morris in another first-round matchup tonight. Read more.