While the NCAA Tournament gets most of the attention, there are currently Division I men’s college basketball postseason tournaments that take place in March:
- Division I NCAA Tournament
- National Invitation Tournament (NIT)
- College Basketball Invitational (CBI)
Teams that are left out of the NCAA Tournament generally prefer to play in the NIT. The NIT has four regions with eight teams apiece.
The CBI is a 16-team tournament that mostly highlights mid-major teams that were not invited to participate in either of the first two tournaments.
Here is the 2023 bracket pic.twitter.com/kY7VNLvTOB
— The CBI (@CBITourney) March 13, 2023
A fourth tournament called the CIT, or CollegeInsider.com Tournament, was played from 2009-19.
While all these tournaments could broadly be interpreted as part of the culture of March Madness, it’s only the NCAA Tournament that actually confers a true national championship.
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