Unwelcome: No NIT auto bids for season champs
Oct 27, 2023, 03:59 PM ET INDIANAPOLIS– Regular-season conference champions are no longer ensured spots in the National Invite Tournament.The NIT board of supervisors tweaked its qualifying rules for its guys’s postseason competition Friday, stating regular-season champs who do not win their conference competition and are not otherwise selected to the NCAA competition will not receive an automatic bid to the NIT.Instead, the NIT will guarantee berths for two teams– based on the internet rankings– from each of the significant 6 conferences: the Atlantic Coast, the Big East, the Big Ten, the Big 12, the Pac-12 and the Southeastern.Editor’s Picks The leading two groups in the web rankings not qualifying for the NCAA competition from each conference, despite win-loss record, will be chosen. Additionally, the 12 groups instantly picked will be guaranteed the chance to host a game in the preliminary of the NIT.The decision was consulted with some criticism Friday.Jon Steinbrecher, the commissioner of the mid-major MAC, called the relocation”unpleasant.”Commissioner Steinbrecher weighs in on current modifications to NIT procedures and policy. pic.twitter.com/pVd5Ukg1kN!.?.!— #MACtion(@MACSports)
October 27, 2023 However NIT board chairman Dan Gavitt called the change essential.”
The postseason college basketball landscape is becoming more competitive for teams that do not receive March Insanity,”he stated in the statement announcing the relocation.”The change to the choice
process for the 2024 NIT is a necessary effort to progress this historic competition in a vibrant occasion marketplace.”ESPN telecasts all NIT games on its platforms.Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.