NIT 2019: Dates, format and schedule of men's and women's tournaments • Parlay Game

DOSSIER - In this March 15, 2018, photo archive, forward Mike Daum (South Dakota), left, takes a shot against striker Jae 'Sean Tate, in the # 39, Ohio State, right, during the first half of a first-round match at the NCAA College Basketball Tournament, in Boise, Idaho. Daum was one of only three Division I players to average more than 20 points and 10 rebounds last season. (Parlay Game Photo / Ted S. Warren, File)

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Even if Sunday's Selection is in a few days, we already have an idea of ​​the college basketball programs that will be missed at the NCAA Tournament.

On the men's side, four regular-season conference champions in the mid-major ranks were defeated in their respective conference tournaments, which automatically qualifies them for the men's NIT.

Women's conference tournaments have not yet experienced much attrition, but it's still possible that this will happen with a lot of mid-major conference tournaments to play.

The men's NIT is made up of 32 teams, while the women's division consists of 64 programs that missed the Big Dance.

Dates, calendar and format

The men's NIT will start on March 19th and 20th with the first round and will end on April 4th with the championship at Madison Square Garden.

The women's NIT will start on March 20th with the first round competitions and the championship will take place on April 6th.

As with the NCAA Tournament, the men's and women's NITs play one after the other, but unlike the Big Dance, the majority of games are played on campus.

The men's tournament will move to Madison Square Garden for the Final Four, while the women's NIT will remain on campus throughout the tournament.

The two defending champions are from the Big Ten, while Penn State won the men's NIT and Indiana won first place in the women's NIT in 2018.

Top Stars Mid-Major Set For NIT Men

One of the heartbreaking moments of the mid-major conference tournaments is to see some of the country's best individual players not reaching the NCAA tournament.

Since most major conferences are one-off leagues, stars are required to propel their respective teams to a conference tournament title while avoiding trouble.

Unfortunately for Campbell Chris Clemons and Mike Daum of State of South Dakota, their teams have been dethroned in the Big South and Summit League tournaments.

Clemons and Daum both overshadowed the 3,000 mark over their senior campaigns, but instead of being featured in the NCAA tournament, both players are relegated to the NIT game.

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A dream match between Campbell and South Dakota State in the first round of the NIT might be possible, but since both teams won their respective titles in the regular season, it may be difficult to justify opposing them in the first round.

Loyola-Chicago and Belmont had the same fate at the Missouri Valley Conference and Ohio Valley Conference tournaments.

The Ramblers, who made an incredible run to the Final Four in 2018, have faces familiar to Cameron Krutwig, Marques Townes and Clayton Custer looking to finish their season with the best possible result.

Belmont is in a different situation at the moment, as he hopes to be part of the group of 68 as a team at-large.

If the Rick Byrd Bruins are not part of the NCAA tournament, they will be part of the teams to beat in the NIT behind guard Dylan Windler.

With Clemons, Daum, Custer, Townes and Krutwig already in the fold, and Windler perhaps joining them, the 2019 Men's NIT should be showcasing the best players in the mid-major ranks, which will make her worthy to be watched.

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