NIT16OFFICIAL
Reminder: Regular season champions that do not win their conference tournament get an automatic bid to the NIT. This season, Akron, Belmont, Bucknell, High Point, Hofstra, IPFW, Monmouth, New Mexico State, North Florida, San Diego State, St. Mary's (CA), Texas Southern, UAB, Valparaiso and Wagner have automatic bids to the NIT.



The NIT - What's this all about?
Teams not qualifying for the NCAA tournament have the opportunity to be invited to one of four other postseason tournaments:
The NIT features a 32-team field chosen right after the NCAA chooses the 68 teams in its tournament.  It awards automatic bids to regular season conference champions who do not otherwise go to the NCAA tournament. Also, the first 4 teams out of the NCAA tournament become automatic 1 seeds in the NIT.

The new tournament this season is the Vegas 16, a 5-day postseason tournament featuring 16 teams playing all games in Las Vegas in the week leading up to the Final Four. However, the 2016 edition will only feature 8 teams in a 3-day tournament.

The CBI features 16 teams and the CIT will have 32 teams exclusively from mid-major leagues or lower (only 26 teams in 2016).  The CIT requires teams to have a .500 record or better while the NIT, Vegas 16 and CBI do not have
such a requirement.  The CIT also doesn't place teams in a bracket, opting to place teams in matchups after the previous round has concluded. 

Schools have been known to decline an invitation to the CBI/CIT/Vegas 16 tournaments due to the lack of interest in playing in a third-tier tournament (e.g., "We're Indiana. We don't play in the CBI.") or the pay-to-play nature of these tournaments.

To get a feel for what kind of teams are involved, these were the 2016 participants along with their record and RPI.

The 2016 NIT, CBI, CIT, and Vegas 16 Teams

NIT CBI
CIT
30
St. Bonaventure
Atlantic 10
22-8
81
Ohio
MAC
21-11
75
UC Irvine
Big West
25-9
34
Akron
MAC
26-8
104
Siena
MAAC
21-12
85
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Southland
25-7
38
St. Mary's (CA)
West Coast
27-5
107
Albany
America East
24-8
92
Grand Canyon
WAC
25-6
39
Princeton
Ivy
22-6
118
Nevada
Mountain West
19-13
96
Louisiana-Monroe
Sun Belt
20-13
41
San Diego State
Mountain West
25-9
126
Vermont
America East
21-13
105
Texas-Arlington
Sun Belt
23-10
49
Valparaiso
Horizon
26-6
127
Morehead State
Ohio Valley
19-12
132
Columbia
Ivy
21-10
52
Monmouth
MAAC
27-7
129
Pepperdine
West Coast
18-13
142
Fairfield
MAAC
19-13
54
Hofstra
Colonial
24-9
143
Omaha
Summit
18-13
148
Tennessee State
Ohio Valley
20-10
55
Florida
SEC
19-14
144
Montana
Big Sky
21-11
155
Central Michigan
MAC
17-15
62
Georgia
SEC
19-13
162
Duquesne
Atlantic 10
16-16
156
Louisiana-Lafayette
Sun Belt
17-14
64
Davidson
Atlantic 10
20-12
166
Western Carolina
Southern
16-17
164
Coastal Carolina
Big South
18-11
64
South Carolina
SEC
24-8
190
Idaho
Big Sky
21-12
167
Furman
Southern
18-15
68
George Washington
Atlantic 10
23-10
225
Houston Baptist
Southland
17-16
176
Fordham
Atlantic 10
17-13
69
Georgia Tech
ACC
19-14
232
Eastern Washington
Big Sky
17-15
177
New Hampshire
America East
19-12
71
IPFW
Summit
24-9
237
UNC Greensboro
Southern
14-18
178
Sam Houston State
Southland
18-15
73
Alabama
SEC
18-14
287
Seattle
WAC
14-16
179
Ball State
MAC
19-13
74
Ohio State
Big Ten
20-13




194
Mercer
Southern
19-14
76
BYU
West Coast
23-10
Vegas 16
196
Boston University
Patriot
18-14
79
Long Beach State
Big West
20-14
86
East Tennessee State
Southern
23-11
205
South Carolina State
MEAC
19-14
82
Florida State
ACC
19-13
98
UC Santa Barbara
Big West
18-13
207
NJIT
Atlantic Sun
17-14
83
UAB
CUSA
26-6
116
Oakland
Horizon
21-11
212
Tennessee-Martin
Ohio Valley
19-14
84
Washington
Pac-12
18-14
122
Louisiana Tech
CUSA
23-9
213
Army
Patriot
19-13
88
Houston
American
22-9
134
Tennessee Tech
Ohio Valley
19-11
218
North Dakota
Big Sky
17-15
89
Virginia Tech
ACC
19-14
136
Northern Illinois
MAC
21-12
220
Norfolk State
MEAC
17-16
95
Belmont
Ohio Valley
20-11
140
Old Dominion
CUSA
22-13
222
Jackson State
SWAC
19-15
100
Creighton
Big East
18-14
150
Towson
Colonial
20-12
277
Savannah State
MEAC
16-15
111
New Mexico State
WAC
23-10








157
High Point
Big South
21-10








161
North Florida
Atlantic Sun
22-11








183
Bucknell
Patriot
17-13








184
Wagner
Northeast
22-10








185
Texas Southern
SWAC
18-14









Automatic bids listed in bold.

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