Temple, ODU, Colorado State and Richmond top NIT field

Temple, Old Dominion, Colorado State and Richmond will have to settle for a No. 1 seed in the National Invitation Tournament.

The first four teams left out of the NCAA Tournament were automatically given the top seeds in the NIT field, which was announced Sunday. This is the first year the tournament is doing that.

Temple (23-10), which finished third in the American, was passed over in favor of teams like Dayton and UCLA after losing to SMU in the conference tournament. The Owls will now try to make a run in the NIT, starting with Wednesday’s home game against Bucknell.

The field will also include Connecticut, last year’s national champions. The Huskies will host Arizona State (17-15) on Wednesday — with a possible date against Richmond looming in the second round.