It?s a first round matchup of the NIT as the America East meets Conference USA in the Volunteer State. The sixth-seeded Vermont Catamounts are on the road as they take on the third-seeded Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Tuesday night. Vermont lost 65-52 in the championship game of the America East Tournament to UMBC Saturday. Middle Tennessee dropped their second straight with a disappointing 71-68 overtime loss to Southern Mississippi in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA tournament Thursday. This marks the first time the teams have met on the hardwood.