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Northwestern will not accept CBI or Vegas 16 bid, season over

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Northwestern basketball will not accept a bid to either the CBI or Vegas 16, instead opting to end its 2015-16 season after missing out on an NIT bid.

The Wildcats finished the season 20-12 with an overtime loss to Michigan in its first game of the Big Ten Tournament. Michigan was selected for the NCAA Tournament.

The reasoning for declining the opportunity to participate is different for each tournament. The CBI simply wasn't appealing enough to the program. Last year's CBI final four featured Vermont, Louisiana-Monroe, Seattle and Loyola-Chicago.

The Vegas 16 could attract more major programs, but the problem for Northwestern was the timing. The Vegas 16 takes place over five straight days beginning on March 26. Northwestern would have had 16 days in between its loss to Michigan and its Vegas 16 opener. That, plus the fact that it takes place over the University's spring break, deterred the Wildcats.

The decision to skip the CBI and Vegas 16 marks the fourth year in a row — the last three under Collins — that the program has failed to reach the postseason. It went to the NIT in four consecutive years under Bill Carmody between 2008-09 and 2011-12.