With a total of 148 postseason berths, a lot of teams will continue playing college basketball during the next few weeks, even if they came up short of qualifying for the NCAA Tournament of the NIT. Of those teams, 16 will be in the College Basketball Invitation field, which was announced Sunday night.
The field includes a mix of teams from major conferences, a handful of mid-majors and even a team from the Ivy League. Although it finished with a 15-17 record, Penn State is the highest-rated team in the field according to KenPom.com, checking in at No. 82. The Nittany Lions join Oregon State and Texas A&M as the teams from major conferences in the field. All three will host first-round matchups.
Princeton and UTEP are also in the 16-team field. UTEP is one of three teams from Conference USA in the field, joined by Old Dominion and Tulane. The Mountain West, with Fresno State and Wyoming, is the only other conference with multiple bids. A total of 13 conferences will be represented.
The tournament will get underway on Tuesday with Siena hosting Stony Brook. The rest of the first round will be played on Wednesday. The quarterfinals will be played on March 24 with the semifinal matchups following on March 26. The championship will once again be a best-of-three series, which will begin on March 31. The semifinals and and championship games will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.
Here is a look at the first-round matchups:
Tuesday, March 18
Siena vs. Stony Brook
Wednesday, March 19
Texas A&M vs. Wyoming
Illinois State vs. Morehead State
Oregon State vs. Radford
Old Dominion vs. South Dakota State
UTEP vs. Fresno State
Tulane vs. Princeton
Penn State vs. Hampton