Arkansas women's basketball makes inaugural WBIT, will play at Tulsa

Arkansas coach Mike Neighbors talks to his team, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2023, during the first half of an NCAA women's college basketball game in Fayetteville. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)

The Arkansas women’s basketball team will be playing in the first Women’s Basketball Invitation Tournament (WBIT).

The Razorbacks (18-14), who missed the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season, accepted an invitation to the WBIT and will play at Tulsa in the first round. The game will be played Thursday at a time to be determined, according to the Golden Hurricane's website.

Additional details for WBIT first-round games will be announced later Sunday.

The winner of Arkansas-Tulsa will face the winner of a game between Washington and Georgetown. 

Seventh-year Arkansas coach Mike Neighbors coached at Washington from 2013-17 and took the Huskies to the 2016 Final Four.

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The WBIT, which consists of 32 teams and is the women’s basketball equivalent to the men's NIT, was formed as a recommendation from the NCAA’s 2021 Gender Equity Report. With its creation, the NCAA provides an equal number of postseason opportunities for men’s and women’s basketball teams.

The first, second and quarterfinal round games will stream on ESPN+, and the semifinal and final games will be televised on ESPNU and ESPN2, respectively. The semifinals and finals will be played at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Last season the Razorbacks made the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) and advanced to the quarterfinals before falling at Kansas. With the creation of the WBIT, the WNIT reduced to a 48-team field this season.