Sunday, March 17, 2024

Final NIT Bracket

Indiana St., Pittsburgh, Oklahoma and Seton Hall are your NIT No. 1 seeds after being the First Four Out of the NCAA Tournament. I swapped South Florida and UCF because UCF is no longer an automatic bid. It's possible that Princeton could get a home game now, but it works better geographically if the Tigers are sent on the road (and it wouldn't be the first time the NIT committee did something like it). 

9 pm addendum: This NIT bracket was updated after I learned that St. John's, Pittsburgh and Washington were opting out of playing in the tournament. Oklahoma might also decline a bid. If that's the case then UCF would once again get a home game, probably hosting South Florida. It would also mean that another team would make the NIT. There are a lot of candidates for that final slot but either North Texas, St. Bonaventure, or Cornell makes the most sense in my opinion.

Also, Oregon's run to the NCAA Tournament, Colorado's at-large selection, and Washington declining means that the second Pac-12 bid would go to USC. I have no idea if they would take it because I haven't talked to anyone around the school because I had no idea they'd get that far down the list.

The NIT Selection Show is at 9:30 pm. Should be interesting!

NIT Bracket

1. Indiana St.
U. Loyola Chicago
4. Kansas St.
U. Minnesota
3. Utah (Pac-12 1)
U. UC Irvine
2. Ohio St. (Big Ten 1)

1. Seton Hall
U. Syracuse
4. LSU (SEC 1)
3. Virginia Tech (ACC 2)
U. Saint Joseph's
2. Villanova (Big East 1)
U. Bradley

1. Oklahoma (Big 12 2)
4. USC (Pac-12 2)
U. San Francisco
3. Iowa (Big Ten 2)
U. Butler
2. Cincinnati (Big 12 1)
U. South Florida

1. Providence (Big East 2)
U. Boston College
4. Georgia (SEC 2)
3. Princeton
U. Richmond
2. Wake Forest (ACC 1)
U. Appalachian St.


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