REPORT: Toppers will decline any postseason bid other than NIT

Herald Sports Editor Jonathan Lintner is reporting from Hot Springs, Ark., that Western officials have told the media that the Hilltoppers will not accept a postseason bid to any tournament but the National Invitation Tournament.

The meaning of this – between the lines – is that Western will not accept a berth to the College Basketball Invitational, which was created in 2007 to include 16 teams not chosen for the NCAA Tournament or the NIT.

It’s basically a lock that the Toppers won’t return to the NCAA Tournament for a third straight year, and they appear to be firmly on the NIT bubble at 21-13.

The winner of the Sun Belt final Tuesday – whether it be Troy or Denver/North Texas – will obviously gain a berth in the NCAA Tournament, and Troy is guaranteed an automatic bid to the NIT by winning the regular season Sun Belt championship.

Thirty-two teams are selected for the NIT. The field will be officially announced next Sunday night.

-Zach Greenwell


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