Monday, January 22, 2024

Late January NIT Bracketology

This NIT bracket represents the results through the beginning of conference play. There have been some surprising results! A few teams on the rise include: Richmond and UCF. On the other hand, Memphis has suffered two close losses recently and the Tigers are now in real danger of missing the NCAA Tournament.

This bracket could really use some more West Coast teams in higher seeds. It was hard to figure out how to bracket teams like San Francisco and Washington lower in the bracket. Also, there are still eight ACC teams in this bracket, which also complicates things. Eventually I expect it will all shake out, but right now it's a bit of a mess. Gonzaga is in my NCAA bracket as an at-large team as is St. John's.

Just a reminder: I use current NET to figure out the automatic bids.

NCAA Bubble Last 6: SMU, Cincinnati, Ohio St., Florida, Xavier, Nebraska

NIT Bracket (autos in bold, bubble in italics):

1. Kansas St.
U. Pittsburgh
4. Oregon (Pac-12 2)
U. Nevada
3. South Carolina (SEC 1)
U. Florida St.
2. Northwestern (Big Ten 2)
U. Bradley

1. Providence (Big East 1)
U. Indiana
4. Drake
U. NC State
3. Miami FL
U. San Francisco
2. Ole Miss (SEC 2)
U. North Texas

1. Texas (Big 12 1)
U. Boston College
4. Washington St. (Pac-12 1)
U. UNLV
3. Iowa (Big Ten 1)
U. Washington
2. Butler (Big East 2)
U. Syracuse

1. Virginia (ACC 1)
U. James Madison
4. UCF (Big 12 2)
U. Georgia
3. Virginia Tech (ACC 2)
U. Richmond
2. Memphis
U. LSU

Also Considered: Minnesota, Maryland, Arizona St., Stanford, St. Bonaventure, Saint Joseph's, VCU, UMass, George Mason, Loyola Chicago, Charlotte, Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois, Santa Clara, Liberty, Stephen F. Austin, Seattle

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