NIT experimenting with 40-team field

February 6, 2002
NEW YORK -- For the past 30 years, the NIT has provided a second chance for college basketball teams that didn't make the field for the NCAA Tournament.

Now, in a one-year experiment, eight more schools will get the opportunity to extend their seasons.

The Metropolitan Intercollegiate Basketball Association, which runs the preseason and postseason NITs, said Wednesday the one-year expansion from 32 teams to 40 is in reaction to repeated requests from around college basketball.
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