Sunday night, hours after the drama of the NCAA Tournament selection show unfolds live on CBS, it's the NIT's turn. Following the NCAA Tournament selection committee's decision on the 68-team field for the main event, the NIT gets its pick of 32 teams for its tournament.
The NIT gives automatic bids to regular season conference champions that don't win their conference tournaments and aren't given at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament. The rest of the 32-team field is filled with at-large teams using the same criteria that the NCAA Tournament committee uses. The one stipulation is that a team must have at least a .500 record to be eligible for the NIT.
Heading into Sunday, most, if not all, projections have Northwestern missing the cut. The Wildcats would've been strong candidates with a win over Michigan on Thursday at the Big Ten Tournament, but a 72-70 overtime loss will most likely see them miss out.
However, the Wildcats did win 20 games in a major conference, which has to count for something. A surprise bid isn't out of the questions. So here's how you can watch the selection show:
NIT Selection Show
Day: Sunday, March 13
Time: 7:30 p.m. CT
Mobile: WatchESPN App
The first three rounds of the NIT, through the quarterfinals, take place at one of the teams' home arena. The semifinals and final are played at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The defending NIT champion is Stanford.
The fields for the CBI and Vegas 16 will be announced in the aftermath of the NIT selection show. If Northwestern doesn't make the NIT though, its season is likely over.