The NCAA Tournament committee selects the 37 at-large teams it feels have the best resume and deserve to join the 31 automatic qualifiers (typically conference tournament champions) and form the 68-team field. The NIT committee selects all remaining teams and any teams who won their regular season conference championship but were not selected for the NCAA Tournament field. In essence, the top at-large NIT team would have a weaker resume than the team that receives the last at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Therefore, a game between the NCAA and NIT champions would prove little, and would be rather anticlimactic for the team that just won the national championship game and clipped the nets.
Date posted: April 14, 2011
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