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2016 NIT Tournament Bracket: #2 San Diego State Draws IPFW

The NCAAT's little brother will only feature one Mountain West team this year.

Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

For college basketball fans across the country, Selection Sunday might as well be a national holiday. People pack living rooms, bars, dorms and arenas to see where their team could potentially end up in the NCAA Tournament. However, not every can get in, and for those teams that are left out of the big dance, they will need to switch over to ESPN to watch the NIT Selection Show.

The NIT is essentially the little brother to the NCAA Tournament, and can end up being very polarizing. Often times, up-and-coming programs use the NIT as a stepping stone to success in the NCAA Tournament (UConn won the NIT in 1988, and was a #1 seed in the 1990 NCAA Tournament), while established programs sometimes refuse to participate (Like LSU this year).

Regardless of who decides to play in it, this is how it works.

  • 32 teams make the field
  • Teams that won their conference's regular season championship, but failed to win the conference tournament are automatically invited.
  • The teams that are listed as the "First Four Out" by the NCAA Selection Committee are the four #1 seeds in the tournament.
  • The remaining slots are "at-large" bids.
  • Games are played on the home court of the higher-seeded team, up until the semifinals and finals, which are played at Madison Square Garden
  • All games are shown on an ESPN Network, either on cable or streamed to ESPN 3.
Since San Diego State won the Mountain West Regular Season Championship, but lost to Fresno State in the Championship Game of the MW Tournament, they received an automatic bid to the tournament. Unfortunately, they were the only Mountain West team to make the tournament, as Boise State was left out.
Here is the entire bracket:

San Diego State will play IPFW (Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Worth) on Tuesday, March 15th at 10 pm EST, on ESPN 3. Check out our preview here, and stay here for all the SDSU's NIT coverage.