The men's and women's National Invitation Tournaments will take place this postseason, but both will see significant changes amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The annual tournaments feature teams that didn't make their NCAA counterparts trying to end their seasons on a high note despite being out of national title contention.
Squads will still get this opportunity in 2021, but both brackets will see reduced fields, with games taking place in neutral sites rather than on campus like in past years.
Here is what you need to know about the upcoming tournaments.
Selection Date: March 14
Round 1: March 17-20
Round 2: March 25
Semifinals: March 27
Final: March 28
Sites: Frisco, Texas, Denton, Texas
TV Broadcast: ESPN/ESPN2
Madison Square Garden in New York City has been the home of the men's NIT for decades, hosting the semifinals and final as a reward for the teams that made it out of their brackets. The new location in Texas will be among the many changes we will see this year.
Just like the NCAA men's basketball tournament being held entirely in Indiana, the NIT will be held entirely in Frisco and Denton, with the title game played at Comerica Center.
There should still be plenty of excitement for the NIT considering the teams that might be involved.
A bizarre 2020-21 season means we could see several blue bloods miss March Madness, including Duke, Kentucky and possibly North Carolina and Michigan State. Other perennial men's NCAA tournament squads like Syracuse, Indiana and Memphis could also be on the outside looking in this year.
Kentucky won't likely see any postseason with a 9-15 record, but the other schools could be major draws for the NIT.
The involvement with top programs plus future NBA talent could ensure this is a high-profile event even with the changes.
Meanwhile, one extra wrinkle is the NCAA designating four alternates in the case one team cannot compete because of COVID-19-related restrictions. This could shake up the NIT field or at least create some distractions for those still with March Madness dreams.
Selection Date: March 15
Round 1: March 19
Round 2: March 20
Round 3: March 22
Semifinals: March 27
Final: March 29
Regional Sites: Charlotte, North Carolina, Fort Worth, Texas, Memphis, Tennessee, Rockford, Illinois.
TV Broadcast: CBS Sports Network
The tournament is effectively broken down into four separate events, crowning a champion in each to go with multiple consolation games.
It clinches at least two games for all teams involved, while even a team that loses in the first round can end the year with two straight wins. The squads that win three in a row in the regional sites will compete for the tournament title a week later.
Considering the travel restrictions involved, it's a positive when you can provide more teams with extra games.
This event is usually dominated by bigger conference teams that missed out on the NCAA women's basketball tournament, including last year's winner, Arizona. South Dakota was the last mid-major to win in 2016.
However, the biggest storyline this season could be California Baptist.
The Lancers secured a spot in the NIT by finishing 20-0 in the regular season, although they aren't eligible for the women's NCAA tournament after only recently transitioning to Division I. Even without a national title, they can still show they are among the nation's best teams with a strong showing in the NIT.
Every team involved will have to be at its best to win five games in a row against quality competition.