After the NCAA Tournament cherry-picks its 68 participants and the NIT chooses its 32, March Madness tests the limits of its trademark moniker with the third-tier postseason national tournament, the CBI.
The CBI is made up of 16 teams, all of which are at-large selections. The 16 teams play three rounds of single-elimination tournament action, at which point the two finalists play a best-of-three series. All of the tournament's games are at home sites. The teams are re-seeded after the quarterfinals.
The tournament kicks off with first-round games Tuesday and Wednesday. The first game of the final series is April 1.
The Pittsburgh Panthers were last year's CBI champions, defeating the Washington State Cougars 2-1 in the championship series.
After the CBI makes its selections, the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament will piece together a 32-team field. If your favorite team doesn't make the NCAA, NIT, CBI or CollegeInsider.com tournaments, you're just going to have to wait until next year.
The CBI does not have a selection show. Its field will be announced Sunday.