Cougs wait for likely NIT invite

Washington State doesn’t have time to sulk over what is almost surely its third consecutive NCAA Tournament miss.

WSU (19-12) is more than likely headed to its second NIT in three years and will know its next destination on Sunday night at 6 p.m. on ESPNU during the NIT selection show. It  comes after the 3 p.m. NCAA Tournament selection show on CBS.

Once the Cougars know their opponent in the 32-team tourney, it will begin the first round on Tuesday or Wednesday — but where?

Two years ago when WSU made the NIT and lost at St. Mary’ in the first round, the Cougars were a lower seed. This time, WSU is expected to be a higher seed and can possibly host in the forthcoming week.

The Chicago Tribune prognosticated the NIT bracket, with WSU as the No. 3 seed against sixth-seeded Princeton.

Another NIT rendition of Bracketology also has WSU as a No. 3 seed, but facing sixth-seeded Drexel.

WSU will most likely host — unfortunately during spring break with few students on campus — and said that it’d be willing to pay the extra coin help ensure the opening game(s) come to Pullman.

The first two rounds are at the higher seed but the  semifinals and finals are at Madison Square Garden on March 29 and 31.

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