The NIT will reveal its 32-team field on ESPNU at 6 p.m. Here’s a little more info on the NIT while we wait:
Based on last year’s participants, Washington has a solid chance, though some recent tournament results have put it on the NIT bubble.
Washington’s profile measures up well with Minnesota’s from a year ago. The Golden Gophers ended up a six seed in the 2012 NIT — the lowest is an eight — and made it to the final.
Minnesota was 19-14, 89th in RPI and 53rd in RPI strength of schedule. It had one win against top-25 RPI teams. It was 4-8 in the last 12 games to close the season. It had two losses to teams with an RPI of 101 or lower.
This year’s Huskies finished 18-15 with an RPI of 89 and an RPI strength of schedule of 32. However, it has more bad losses than Minnesota did. The Huskies have five losses — vs. Albany, at USC, vs. Nevada, vs. Utah and at Oregon State — that can all be tabbed “bad” losses. All of those teams have RPIs 101 or lower.
The lowest-seeded power conference team last season was seventh-seeded Iowa. The Hawkeyes were just 17-16, 130th in the RPI and had an RPI SOS of 92. What worked in the Hawkeyes’ favor was four wins against top-25 RPI teams.
The NIT takes 32 teams, which are selected by an eight-member panel chaired by basketball legend C.M. Newton. Fourteen of last year’s 32 NIT teams were from power conferences.
The selection process is multifaceted and highly subjective:
— All votes will be by secret ballot.
— Among the resources available to the committee are complete box scores, game summaries and notes, pertinent information submitted on a team’s behalf by its conference, various computer rankings, head-to-head results, chronological results, Division I results, non-conference results, home, away and neutral results, rankings, polls and the National Association of Basketball Coaches regional advisory committee rankings.
— The regular-season champion of any NCAA Division I conference (as determined by the conference’s tie-break protocol) not otherwise selected to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship will secure an automatic qualification to the National Invitation Tournament. This rules has chipped away at Washington’s chances since teams like Stony Brook of the America East, which won the regular season title but did not win the conference tournament, receive automatic entry to the NIT.
— The committee shall select the best available teams to fill the NIT field.
— There is no limit on the number of teams the committee may select from one conference. This could help the Atlantic 10 place up to six teams in the NIT.