So with things looking dicey for Northwestern and the NIT is there a chance that the Wildcats might play in smaller tournament? Sure, if they want to. There are going to be 40 other teams that play postseason basketball in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) and the College Basketball Invitational (CBI). Both are relatively new and both come with some special rules. For instance, the CIT only takes mid-major teams and the Great West Conference champion receives an automatic bid. After the jump is everything we know about the 24-team CIT field and the 16-team CBI field according to Twitter and published reports. Sources are cited in all cases where something definite has been confirmed. Also included is a list of possible teams and a list of teams that have already said "No thanks," to these pay-for-play opportunities.
St. Bonaventure -- They've announced
Creighton -- Rumored, but makes sense.
UCF -- The Knights' administration said they'd pay to play, completely expect this to happen.
Evansville -- This tweet
gives some insight.
Rhode Island -- Rumored.
Northern Iowa -- See this post
. (A lot of media follows UNI by the way!)
Santa Clara -- Diamond Leung has been money. His tweet
confirmed this one.
Hawaii -- Here's the tweet
, a lot of other places now too.
Portland -- They play at Hawaii per the above tweet.
Furman -- Official athletic site has this one
. They're playing on the road.
Great West Auto-Bid -- Congratulations North Dakota!
Idaho - Info in above tweet.
Quinnipiac -- Official athletic site has them in
. Bobcats are even hosting a game!
Air Force -- Tweet
for Falcons hosting.
SMU -- School release
. Mustangs will host Oral Roberts.
East Tennessee State -- This tweet
is evidence since they're not making NIT.
Northern Arizona -- Playing at Santa Clara via this tweet
- and others now.
Buffalo -- Confirmed in many places
, but playing at Quinnipiac to start.
That's 6 CBI teams (38%) and 17 CIT teams (71%). It would make sense that the CIT would fill up quicker because the CBI typically tries to draw teams that don't claim NIT berths and are of a little bit higher profile. I'll keep tabs on this throughout Selection Sunday and update as information comes in. If you notice anything please let me know in the comments.
Teams that might to be looking for a bid: Oregon (CBI only), Northwestern (if not NIT, maybe it doesn't come to this, CBI only) Marshall, Davidson, IUPUI, IPFW, Montana, Rutgers (CBI only), Hofstra, Drexel, Dayton, Duquesne, Valparaiso, Tulsa.
Teams that have said no already, or assumed to say no: Wright State, Detroit, Iowa, Mississippi State, North Texas.