Turns out the NIT will have a strong Pac-12 Tournament flavor to it.

Not only were the Wildcats given a No. 1 seed in the NIT, with a first-round date against Bucknell (24-9) on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at McKale Center, but Washington also earned a No. 1 seed, while Oregon and Stanford both received No. 3 seeds.

Oregon will face LSU, while Stanford will face Cleveland State. UCLA did not get in, however. 

Stanford will play in Arizona's region, meaning the Wildcats and Cardinal could meet in the quarterfinals at McKale Center if they win their first two games. The Cardinal will likely have to play at Mississippi in the second round before getting to Tucson, however.

Arizona, meanwhile, will face either No. 4 Oral Roberts or No. 5 Nevada in the second round, to be played sometime between March 17-19. The second-round dates actually stretch between March 15-19 but UA cannot host on Friday and is not likely to host on Thursday after playing Wednesday.

Bucknell, meanwhile, was an automatic qualifier for the NIT after winning the Patriot League regular-season title with a 12-2 record. They lost to Lehigh 82-77 in the finals of the Patriot League Tournament, however, and did not earn the conference's automatic bid.

Here is the full NIT bracket.

Arizona has posted information about ticket sales. Prices will be $25 for reserved seats and $15 for general admission.


The Wildcats issued a release about their NIT invitation but did not include a statement from Sean Miller and will not make him available until Monday. It is the first time in decades that UA has not held a Selection Sunday press conference.

Sportswriter for the Arizona Daily Star covering Arizona Wildcats basketball