FAYETTEVILLE The Arkansas men's basketball team wasn't part of the 32-team National Invitation Tournament field on Sunday night.

The Arkansas women's basketball team received some much better news a day later.

The Razorbacks (19-12, 6-10 in Southeastern Conference) received an invitation to play in the WNIT and will host a first-round game against Memphis on Thursday night at 7 p.m. The Razorbacks became an automatic qualifier after failing to reach the NCAA Tournament field. Automatic bids were awarded to the highest finishing teams in their conference's regular season standings that weren't selected to the NCAA field.

It is the program's third WNIT appearance under coach Tom Collen (2009 and 2011). It's also the third straight season the Razorbacks will play in a postseason tournament.

"We are excited to be participating in the postseason again this year," Collen said in a news release. "We have a team that I believe is capable of beating anyone we face on any given night and we are excited about the opportunity to continue representing ourselves, our University, our state and our fans in the postseason."

The winner of the Arkansas-Memphis game will play either Tulane or Sam Houston State in the second round. The site will be determined after the first round.

Arkansas is 11-3 in the WNIT and won the tournament championship in 1999.

Robbie Neiswanger Arkansas News Bureau