In the sports world, navigating COVID-19 amounts to an exercise in risk vs. reward.

Selection Sunday put that calculation to the test, and Louisville and Duke found their line. It's the NIT.

After being snubbed for the NCAA tournament, the Cardinals declined their inevitable NIT invitation before it arrived. The school announced shortly after the NCAA tournament field was announced that it will not play in the NIT, where it would have landed a likely No. 1 seed.

Duke, which wasn't in the conversation for an NCAA at-large bid, will also turned down the nIT after failing to make the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1995.