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 Basketball Classic has up to 32 teams.

Schools have been known to decline an invitation to the CBI/Basketball Classic 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 2022 participants along with their record and NET ranking.


The 2022 NIT/CBI/Basketball Classic Teams

NIT
CBI
39
Oklahoma
18-15
82
Drake
22-10
40
Xavier
18-13
103
Middle Tennessee
21-10
43
Texas A&M
22-12
113
Ohio
23-9
45
SMU
23-8
117
Stephen F. Austin
18-9
47
North Texas
22-6
123
Abilene Christian
19-10
48
Wake Forest
23-9
131
Florida Atlantic
16-14
54
BYU
20-10
165
VMI
13-15
56
VCU
21-9
175
UNC Wilmington
21-9
57
Mississippi State
18-15
186
Troy
17-11
58
Dayton
23-10
201
Boston University
20-12
59
Florida
19-13
204
Northern Colorado
18-14
60
Utah State
17-15
216
Rice
14-16
61
Washington State
19-14
219
California Baptist
15-15
64
Saint Louis
22-11
222
UNC Asheville
13-14
66
Vanderbilt
17-16
232
Purdue Fort Wayne
19-11
67
Santa Clara
21-11



68
Missouri State
22-10
The Basketball Classic
70
Colorado
21-11
73
Fresno State
18-13
71
Belmont
24-7
107
Wofford
17-13
72
Towson
25-8
132
Kent State
21-10
75
Toledo
25-7
146
South Alabama
15-11
76
Oregon
18-14
158
Coastal Carolina
12-13
83
Virginia
19-13
160
Appalachian State
16-14
85
St. Bonaventure
20-9
164
UTEP
17-13
90
Iona
25-7
176
Portland
16-14
100
Northern Iowa
18-11
179
Southern Utah
18-11
105
Princeton
21-6
198
Florida Gulf Coast
19-11
129
Texas State
18-7
221
Eastern Washington
16-15
154
Long Beach State
18-12
225
Western Illinois
14-15
182
Cleveland State
18-10
231
Detroit Mercy
13-15
192
Nicholls
17-11
235
UMBC
17-14
265
Alcorn State
17-16
249
Youngstown State
16-14



257
Southeastern Louisiana
17-14



264
New Orleans
15-13



274
USC Upstate
12-16



293
Merrimack
13-16



299
Morgan State
9-14



302
Maryland Eastern Shore
8-15

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