Thursday, August 25, 2022

Way Too Early NIT Bracketology

The 2022-23 season is still months away, heck nearly half of Division I teams haven't even released their non-conference schedules yet. Still, it's fun to start thinking about what the upcoming season could look like.

One way to do that? Way too early predictions! I've spent a bunch of time thinking about the upcoming season for the Blue Ribbon preview (I wrote mostly about America East, but also Stony Brook, Monmouth, Marist and Rider). In order to create this bracket I looked at Joe Lunardi's NCAA predictions, Bart Torvik's 2023 projections, and a bunch of the Way Too Early conference projections on sites like Heat Check CBB. None of them completely agree with the other, so there is definitely some ambiguity.

A few teams in particular that I think could be worth watching this season: Providence (the people love them, the metrics don't), Ohio State, Florida State (a good team with a lot of injuries, or a program on the down slope?), and a number of programs with new coaches (Maryland, Seton Hall, etc.).

This bracket only gives seeds to the top four lines (i.e. the Rd. 1 home teams). In its release announcing that the 2023 NIT Final Four will be played in Las Vegas, the NCAA confirmed that they will once again use that seeding process. I will therefore be using it in my projections this season as well. (Though I'll still denote bubble teams with italics.) Think this bracket is insane? Hit me up on Twitter.

Last NCAA Teams: Alabama, USC, Saint Louis, Tulane, Mississippi, Wyoming, Stanford, Providence

U - Unseeded teams. Italics - Bubble Team

1. Arizona St.
4. LSU 
U. Florida Atlantic
3. Saint Mary's
U. Kansas St.
2. Utah St.
U. Washington

1. Ohio St.
4. St. John's
U. Florida St.
3. Clemson
U. Louisiana Tech
2. Seton Hall
U. Penn St.

1. Cincinnati
U. Boston College
4. Maryland
U. Temple
3. North Texas
U. Fresno St.
2. Missouri
U. Colorado

1. Loyola Chicago
U. Southern Illinois
4. Iowa St.
U. Wisconsin
3. Rutgers
U. Marquette
2. Washington St.
U. New Mexico

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