Tournament officials have released the official tournament bracket for the 2017 Preseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament. All eight games of the first round will begin on Nov. 10. Round two is slated for Nov. 12-14 with the semifinals set for Nov. 16 and the championship scheduled for Nov. 19. The championship game will air live on CBS Sports Network at 3 p.m. ET.
Friday, Nov. 10
Liberty at Old Dominion, 4 p.m. ET
George Mason at Michigan, 7 p.m. ET
Southeast Missouri at Louisville, 7 p.m. ET
St. Francis (PA) at Toledo, 7 p.m. ET
CSUN at Oregon, 8 p.m. ET
Houston at Texas A&M, 8 p.m. ET
Milwaukee at Drake, 8 p.m. ET
New Orleans at Louisiana, 8 p.m. ET
ESPN’s early rankings have three Preseason WNIT teams in the Top 25. Louisville comes in as the highest-ranked team at No. 10, Oregon solidified No. 13 and the 2016 Postseason WNIT champion Michigan arrives at No. 21.
The tournament features a three-game guarantee. If a team loses in the championship bracket before it has played three games, it will play in the consolation bracket.
CSUN, Houston and New Orleans are gearing up for their first time in the Preseason WNIT. Boasting their second selection into the tournament are Drake, Louisiana, Michigan, Milwaukee, Old Dominion, Southeast Missouri and Texas A&M. George Mason, 2013 champions Louisville, Oregon and Saint Francis (PA) are all making their third appearances. Toledo embarks on their fourth journey through the bracket and Liberty is making a tournament-high fifth appearance in the Preseason WNIT.
In the 2016 Preseason WNIT, Preseason No. 1 Notre Dame defeated 17th-ranked Washington, 71-60, to claim its second preseason tournament championship. Both teams later advanced to the NCAA Tournament; the Fighting Irish reached the Elite Eight and the Huskies made it to the Sweet 16.