The Vegas 16 tournament was a postseason men's college basketball tournament. The tournament was managed by Lexington, Kentucky-based sports marketing firm bd Global. Similar to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), the tournament featured eight teams not selected for the NCAA Tournament or the NIT. The lone tournament took place March 28–30, 2016, at Mandalay Bay, in Paradise, Nevada. The tournament field and seedings were announced after the NCAA Tournament field was revealed. CBS Sports Network was the television partner for the quarters, semis, and finals. Former UNLV and Arizona athletic director Jim Livengood was the chair of the tournament. George Raveling, Debbie Antonelli, John Balistere and Brooks Downing were on the selection committee.
|Current season, competition or edition:|
2016 Vegas 16 Tournament
Vegas 16 logo
|Ceased||After 2016 tournament|
|No. of teams||8|
|Venue(s)||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Most titles||Old Dominion (1)|
The Vegas 16 was inspired by college bowl games, in which the destination was considered as much of a draw as the game itself. In contrast to other unofficial postseason tournaments such as the College Basketball Invitational and CollegeInsider.com Tournament (in which the home arenas of higher-ranked teams hosted most of the games), all games in the Vegas 16 were intended to be held in a single location, Las Vegas.
The Vegas 16 struggled to gain attention and fill its bracket throughout its existence. A number of schools instituted policies automatically declining invitations to all postseason tournaments other than the NCAA and NIT; the tournament's timing (two weeks after the NCAA and NIT fields were set) also worked against it. Unwilling to fill its field with subpar teams, the Vegas 16, contrary to its name, only filled eight slots in its field in its 2016 tournament and opted not to hold a 2017 tournament at all.
The following is an overview and list of the announcers and television networks to broadcast the Vegas 16 Tournament Championship.
|2016||CBSSN||Dave Ryan||Jordan Cornette||Debbie Antonelli|
The inaugural tournament planned on having 16 teams; however, due to many teams forgoing participating in post-season tournaments, only eight teams were selected.
The following eight teams participated in the inaugural tournament:
It was announced on March 9, 2017 that the Vegas 16 tournament would not be held in 2017.
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- "Vegas 16 postseason tournament won't be played this year". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
- "New postseason Vegas 16 tourney only features 8 teams". WTOP. Associated Press. March 14, 2016.