The NIT - What's this all about?
Teams not qualifying for the NCAA tournament have the opportunity to be invited to one of three 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 CBI features 16 teams and the CIT has up to 32 teams exclusively from mid-major leagues or lower (only 26 teams participated in 2019).  The CIT does not 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 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 2019 participants along with their record and NET ranking.


The 2019 NIT, CBI and CIT Teams

NIT CBI
CIT
33
North Carolina State
ACC
22-11
90
Utah Valley
WAC
24-9
72
East Tennessee State
Southern
24-9
35
Clemson
ACC
19-13
91
Southern Miss
CUSA
20-12
127
Drake
MVC
24-9
38
Texas
Big 12
16-16
96
Grand Canyon
WAC
20-13
134
Texas State
Sun Belt
24-9
41
Furman
Southern
25-7
99
South Florida
American
19-13
138
Kent State
MAC
22-10
46
Memphis
American
21-13
102
DePaul
Big East
15-15
148
Marshall
CUSA
19-14
48
Nebraska
Big Ten
18-16
106
West Virginia
Big 12
14-20
150
Florida Atlantic
CUSA
17-15
49
Lipscomb
Atlantic Sun
25-7
113
Central Michigan
MAC
23-11
151
Louisiana-Monroe
Sun Belt
18-15
52
TCU
Big 12
20-13
133
UAB
CUSA
20-14
168
UTRGV
WAC
19-16
53
Creighton
Big East
18-14
142
Loyola Marymount
WCC
20-11
172
NJIT
Atlantic Sun
21-12
54
Indiana
Big Ten
17-15
145
Brown
Ivy
19-11
186
Seattle
WAC
18-14
59
Alabama
SEC
18-15
156
Stony Brook
America East
24-8
187
FIU
CUSA
19-13
60
UNC Greensboro
Southern
28-6
163
Coastal Carolina
Sun Belt
15-16
195
Cornell
Ivy
15-15
62
Toledo
MAC
25-7
165
California Baptist
WAC
16-14
197
Charleston Southern
Big South
17-15
64
Butler
Big East
16-16
273
Cal State Northridge
Big West
13-20
200
CSU Fullerton
Big West
16-17
65
Arkansas
SEC
17-15
291
Longwood
Big South
15-17
204
Presbyterian
Big South
18-15
66
Colorado
Pac-12
21-12
306
Howard
MEAC
17-16
207
IUPUI
Horizon
16-16
67
Xavier
Big East
18-15




209
Hampton
Big South
15-16
69
Dayton
Atlantic 10
21-11




218
CSU Bakersfield
WAC
16-15
70
Providence
Big East
18-15




221
Wisconsin-Green Bay
Horizon
17-16
75
Davidson
Atlantic 10
24-9




230
Texas Southern
SWAC
21-13
76
Hofstra
Colonial
27-7




244
Quinnipiac
MAAC
16-14
82
Georgetown
Big East
19-13




254
St. Francis (NY)
Northeast
17-15
83
Wichita State
American
19-14




261
Southern Utah
Big Sky
16-16
97
San Diego
WCC
21-14




266
New Orleans
Southland
19-13
104
South Dakota State
Summit
24-8




267
Robert Morris
NEC
17-16
128
Loyola-Chicago
MVC
20-13




293
Grambling
SWAC
17-16
129
Harvard
Ivy
18-11








140
Wright State
Horizon
21-13








174
Sam Houston State
Southland
21-11








223
Campbell
Big South
20-12








260
Norfolk State
MEAC
21-13








265
St. Francis (PA)
NEC
18-14









Automatic bids listed in bold.

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