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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 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. 

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.

The 2015 NIT, CBI and CIT Teams

NIT CBI
CIT
29
Colorado State
Mountain West
27-6
87
UC Santa Barbara
Big West
19-13
82
Sam Houston State
Southland
25-8
34
Temple
American
23-10
107
Stony Brook
America East
23-11
89
High Point
Big South
22-9
45
Tulsa
American
22-10
116
Colorado
Pac-12
15-17
94
Kent State
MAC
21-11
46
Old Dominion
CUSA
24-7
123
Loyola-Chicago
Missouri Valley
19-13
109
Bowling Green
MAC
20-11
51
Iona
MAAC
26-8
132
Louisiana-Monroe
Sun Belt
21-12
119
Evansville
Missouri Valley
19-12
54
Green Bay
Horizon
24-8
134
Pepperdine
West Coast
18-13
120
Western Michigan
MAC
20-13
56
Richmond
Atlantic 10
19-13
138
Gardner-Webb
Big South
20-14
126
Cleveland State
Horizon
18-14
58
Louisiana Tech
CUSA
25-8
139
Eastern Michigan
MAC
21-13
135
Florida Gulf Coast
Atlantic Sun
22-10
59
Stanford
Pac-12
19-13
141
Rider
MAAC
21-11
140
Middle Tennessee
CUSA
19-16
62
Illinois State
Missouri Valley
21-12
154
Radford
Big South
21-11
142
Sacramento State
Big Sky
20-11
63
Murray State
Ohio Valley
27-5
163
Oral Roberts
Summit
18-14
143
Louisiana-Lafayette
Sun Belt
20-13
65
Miami (FL)
ACC
21-12
174
Hofstra
Colonial
20-13
146
UNC-Wilmington
Colonial
18-13
66
Rhode Island
Atlantic 10
22-9
204
Vermont
America East
18-13
148
James Madison
Colonial
19-13
67
Texas A&M
SEC
20-11
205
Delaware State
MEAC
18-17
149
Portland
West Coast
17-15
68
St. Mary's (CA)
West Coast
21-9
212
Mercer
Southern
18-15
155
Oakland
Horizon
16-16
70
Central Michigan
MAC
23-8
280
Seattle
WAC
16-15
156
Eastern Kentucky
Ohio Valley
19-11
73
Illinois
Big Ten
19-13




159
NJIT
Independent
18-11
75
UC Davis
Big West
25-6




160
Incarnate Word
Southland
18-10
76
Pittsburgh
ACC
19-14




161
Northwestern State
Southland
19-12
77
Connecticut
American
20-14




166
Northern Arizona
Big Sky
19-14
78
UTEP
CUSA
22-10




167
Norfolk State
MEAC
20-13
84
George Washington
Atlantic 10
21-12




173
Eastern Illinois
Ohio Valley
17-14
85
Alabama
SEC
18-14




177
Tennessee-Martin
Ohio Valley
18-12
90
South Dakota State
Summit
23-10




180
St. Francis (PA)
Northeast
16-15
93
William & Mary
Colonial
20-12




181
Canisius
MAAC
16-14
102
Arizona State
Pac-12
17-15




187
Dartmouth
Ivy
14-14
104
Vanderbilt
SEC
19-13




193
New Hampshire
America East
19-12
127
NC Central
MEAC
25-7




195
UMES
MEAC
18-14
137
Bucknell
Patriot
19-14




209
USC Upstate
Atlantic Sun
23-11
145
Montana
Big Sky
20-12




210
Texas A&M-CC
Southland
19-13
164
Charleston  Southern
Big South
19-11




215
IPFW
Summit
16-14
170
St. Francis (NY)
NEC
23-11




273
Grand Canyon
WAC
17-14

Automatic bids listed in bold.

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