The NIT Bracket Project returns in mid-February 2015.

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.

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 to 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 2014 participants along with their record and RPI.

The 2014 NIT, CBI and CIT teams
:

NIT CBI
CIT
33
Southern Miss
CUSA
27-6
100
Oregon State
Pac-12
16-15
85
Missouri State
Missouri Valley
20-12
38
Toledo
MAC
27-6
103
UTEP
CUSA
23-10
86
Eastern Michigan
MAC
21-14
49
Missouri
SEC
22-11
114
Penn State
Big Ten
15-17
87
Ohio
MAC
23-11
50
Minnesota
Big Ten
20-13
117
Fresno State
Mountain West
17-16
91
Cleveland State
Horizon
21-11
53
SMU
American
23-9
122
Princeton
Ivy
20-8
93
Akron
MAC
21-12
54
Florida State
ACC
19-13
134
Illinois State
Missouri Valley
16-15
95
Towson
Colonial
23-10
57
Belmont
Ohio Valley
24-9
135
Wyoming
Mountain West
18-14
96
Canisius
Metro Atlantic
21-12
58
Green Bay
Horizon
24-6
138
South Dakota State
Summit
19-12
105
Quinnipiac
Metro Atlantic
20-11
59
Iona
Metro Atlantic
22-10
141
Morehead State
Ohio Valley
20-13
112
Sam Houston State
Southland
23-10
61
St. Mary's (CA)
West Coast
22-11
148
Texas A&M
SEC
17-15
115
IPFW
Summit
24-10
62
Louisiana Tech
CUSA
27-7
165
Stony Brook
America East
23-10
127
Holy Cross
Patriot
19-13
63
California
Pac-12
19-13
170
Old Dominion
CUSA
16-17
130
Columbia
Ivy
19-12
67
San Francisco
West Coast
21-11
193
Siena
Metro Atlantic
15-17
133
Pacific
West Coast
15-15
67
St. John's
Big East
20-12
204
Hampton
MEAC
18-12
142
Murray State
Ohio Valley
18-11
69
Georgetown
Big East
17-14
223
Tulane
CUSA
17-16
147
Yale
Ivy
15-13
70
Illinois
Big Ten
19-14
240
Radford
Big South
21-12
156
San Diego
West Coast
16-16
71
Indiana State
Missouri Valley
23-10




163
USC Upstate
Atlantic Sun
19-14
74
Georgia
SEC
19-13




173
Wright State
Horizon
20-14
76
Georgia State
Sun Belt
25-8




184
Valparaiso
Horizon
18-15
77
Arkansas
SEC
21-11




197
North Dakota
Big Sky
17-16
79
Clemson
ACC
20-12




203
Grand Canyon
WAC
15-14
80
Utah
Pac-12
21-11




205
Northern Colorado
Big Sky
18-13
83
LSU
SEC
19-13




206
East Tennessee State
Atlantic Sun
18-15
84
Boston University
Patriot
24-10




211
VMI
Big South
19-12
88
West Virginia
Big 12
17-15




216
East Carolina
CUSA
17-16
101
Vermont
America East
22-10




219
Omaha
Summit
16-14
111
UC Irvine
Big West
23-11




227
Norfolk State
MEAC
19-14
126
Davidson
Southern
20-12




229
Brown
Ivy
15-13
129
Robert Morris
Northeast
21-13




243
Chattanooga
Southern
18-14
144
Utah Valley
WAC
20-11




248
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Southland
17-15
146
Florida Gulf Coast
Atlantic Sun
22-12




252
Portland State
Big Sky
17-14
172
High Point
Big South
16-14




254
Alabama State
SWAC
19-12

Automatic bids listed in bold.

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