As the college basketball season begins to get serious with the start of conference games, officials with the Postseason WNIT are already making plans to execute the 64-team event that adds to the frenzy of March Madness.
The bracket for the 2016 Postseason WNIT will be announced on the evening of March 14. The first round will kick off Wednesday, March 16, with the event culminating Saturday, April 2 with the championship.
Selection – Monday, March 14.
Round 1 – March 16-18
Round 2 – March 19-22
Round 3 – March 23-25
Round 4 – March 26-28
Semifinals – March 30-31
Championship – Saturday, April 2, 3 p.m. ET (CBS Sports Network)
The WNIT offers teams an opportunity to get more practices, to experience playoff-atmosphere games, to play in front of passionate fans and to use WNIT competition as a springboard to the next season.
The WNIT understands many schools interested in hosting cannot hold their facilities for the entirety of the tournament, but if teams choose to hold one or two dates open in each round, along with the championship date, that helps those schools to be considered as host sites. Please note: A school’s ability and/or desire to host games in the Postseason WNIT has absolutely no bearing on being selected for the tournament.
The 2016 Postseason WNIT field will consist of 32 automatic berths – one from each conference – and 32 at-large teams. The intention of the WNIT Selection Committee is to select the 32 best available at-large teams in the nation.
A team offered an automatic berth by the WNIT shall be the team that is a.) the highest-finishing team in its conference’s regular-season standings, and b.) is not selected for the NCAA Tournament. A team that fulfills these qualities will earn the WNIT automatic berth for its respective conference, regardless of overall record.
The remaining 32 berths in the Postseason WNIT will be filled by the best teams available. All Division I teams are eligible for consideration. Any team considered for an at-large berth must have an overall record of .500 or better. Overall record includes conference tournament games.
The WNIT will contact potential teams over the next few months. Prospective schools will submit paperwork in anticipation of being invited to the tournament.
The Postseason WNIT field will be announced before midnight Eastern Time on Monday, March 14. All information will be disseminated via the WNIT website that night, shortly after the NCAA Tournament bracket is announced.