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 CBI features 16 teams and the CIT will have 32
teams exclusively from mid-major leagues or
lower. The CIT requires teams to have a .500
record or better while the NIT 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.
New in 2016 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.
Schools have been known to decline an invitation to the
CBI and CIT 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 the NIT, CBI and
CIT invite to their tournaments, these were the 2015
participants along with their record and RPI.