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Wisconsin Basketball To Play Bradley In Opening Round of NIT



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d, WiAfter missing the NCAA Tournament, Wisconsin basketball learned its postseason fate during the NIT Selection Show. For the first time since 1996, the Badgers will be playing in the National Invitational Tournament.

What is the NIT?

In addition to the NCAA Tournament, the NCAA also organizes the NIT. Teams that win their regular season conference championship but do not make the NCAA Tournament receive automatic bids to the 32-team event. The NIT Selection Committee rounds out the field by awarding at-large bids to the top teams that miss the NCAA Tournament.

In each of the tournament’s first three rounds, the higher-seeded team hosts its opponent on campus. This year, the tournament’s semifinal and final rounds will be held at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. First-round games are held on March 14th and 15th, second-round games on March 18th and 19th, and quarterfinal matchups on March 21st and 22nd. The semifinal and championship games in Las Vegas are on March 28th and 30th.

Who is Wisconsin Basketball Playing in the NIT?

Wisconsin is a two-seed in the NIT and is in a region with Oregon (one-seed), Liberty (three-seed), and Florida (four-seed). The Badgers’ first-round game is against the Bradley Braves. Bradley won the regular season championship in the Missouri Valley Conference, amassing a 25-9 overall record on the season. The Braves ultimately fell in the MVC tournament championship game to Drake.

If it wins its first-round matchup, Wisconsin will host at least two home games in the NIT. In the second round, the Badgers will face the winner of Liberty and Villanova. Liberty shared the regular season title in the ASUN Conference with the Kennesaw State University Owls. The Flames lost to KSU in the ASUN tournament championship game.

A previous version of this story described Wisconsin as a three-seed in the NIT. The NIT later issued a correction to its bracket and admitted a transcription error that flipped the bracket’s two and three seeds.

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Kedrick Stumbris covers Wisconsin football, basketball, hockey, and volleyball. He received his B.A. with economics and political science majors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2018 and has had his work published on Bleacher Report and Verbal Commits.