After last year's debacle, the K-State women under first-year coach Jeff Mittie are anxiously awaiting their fate. Tonight, they'll know one way or another.
At 18-13, the Wildcats are currently in ESPN's projected Next Four Out, which means they're not likely to receive an invitation to the Big Dance, but it's still possible. However, that also means that if they don't, they're pretty much assured of an invitation to the WNIT. K-State won the 2006 WNIT, which remains the only national title of any kind ever won by a Wildcat team.
The NCAA selection show will air at 6:00 CT on ESPN, hosted by Kevin Negandhi. He'll be joined by Kara Lawson, Carolyn Peck, Doris Burke, and Rebecca Lobo. At 7:00, extended coverage will move to ESPNU, and Mechelle Voepel will join the cast. Both segments will be available on WatchESPN.
The WNIT will announce its field between 10:00 and 11:00 CT at their website. However, it's important to remember that unlike the NIT, which only guarantees bids to regular-season conference champions who don't make the NCAA tournament, the WNIT invites the top team from each conference which doesn't make the NCAA field. That makes K-State's situation interesting, as TCU is in the First Four Out and West Virginia is also in the Next Four Out. So TCU would receive the Big 12's automatic bid if they miss the NCAA bracket. That said, the Wildcats and Mountaineers are still in strong position; every other team in the First Four Out and Next Four Out would receive automatic bids, indicating that the two Big 12 schools would stand atop the at-large pile.
We know that women's basketball doesn't stir up that much excitement, but with the post-season looming it's time to get behind the ladies. Join us tonight to find out where the Cats are going!