Saturday, March 12, 2022

The Consensus NIT Bracket on the Penultimate Day

I've had a lot of requests on Twitter for a Bracket Matrix like experience for the NIT. While I don't plan on programming that at the moment, I thought it might be useful to at least take a look at where things stand on this penultimate day of games. To make this consensus bracket I combined these NIT prognosticators:

If you take the average of those three brackets a consensus of sorts starts to emerge. Here's the combined NIT bracket by seed line:

1OklahomaXavierTexas A&MWake Forest
2DaytonNORTH TEXASVCUBYU
3FloridaSaint LouisColoradoBelmont
4St. BonaventureMississippi St.VanderbiltOregon
5VirginiaIONASouth CarolinaMissouri St.
6RichmondSanta ClaraDrakeTOLEDO
7TOWSONSt. John'sWashington St.NORTHERN IOWA
8TEXAS STATECLEVELAND ST.NICHOLLS ST.ALCORN ST.

The biggest note here is that Vanderbilt and Washington St. only appear in two NIT brackets respectively, so their seed lines are maybe a bit more up in the air (every other team appears in at least three).

The other things that were interesting to me is that consensus appears to be that Wyoming is in the NCAA Tournament over Texas A&M at the moment, which I understand but don't agree with, and that other bracketologists like Missouri St.'s resume way more than I do. (My bracket is the one holding the Bears down as the last 5 seed here.) Also, everyone has already put poor Alcorn St. in the NIT. (They're still alive in the SWAC Tournament though definitely an underdog.)

Hopefully this is helpful as we move forward!

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