NIT Bracketology - Northwestern a 6 seed

I'm back with a second attempt at NIT Bracketology. This time I did all the work myself. I used the current conference leaders, as of Thursday night's results, picked the remaining at large bids and then selected the NIT. Things that may be important include:

  • There are 31 automatic NCAA Tournament bids. There are 21 teams that I consider almost definite NCAA Tournament at-large teams. That leaves 16 bubble spots.
  • Initially I had 31 teams for those 16 spots. The final four ended up being: Oklahoma State, Boston College, Michigan State and Georgia. You have to take someone!
  • The remaining 15 teams were moved to a separate NIT pool and added to another 21 teams that made up the logical NIT pool. That's 36 teams for 28 spots. (Since I leave the final four slots blank at all times.)
NIT Field - Seed lines presented here, but not sorted inside of the lines:
  1. Virginia Tech, Colorado State, Duquesne, Clemson
  2. VCU, Richmond, Butler, Maryland
  3. UAB, Southern Miss, Gonzaga, Alabama
  4. Cleveland State, Wichita State, Miami (FL), Penn State
  5. Michigan, Northern Iowa, Drexel, Dayton
  6. Mississippi, Northwestern, Harvard, Colorado
  7. Arkansas, Marshall, Nebraska, Providence
  8. Reserved for conference tourney losers
Teams that just missed the cut are after the jump.

Teams that missed NIT cut: Indiana, Wright State, Rider, Morehead State, SMU, California, Portland, Montana

Other potential CBI/CIT teams: Maine, Virginia, N.C. State, Iowa State, Iowa, Hofstra, James Madison, Milwaukee, Detroit, St. Peter's, Austin Peay, American, Furman, Rhode Island, East Tennessee State, Jacksonville, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Liberty, Utah Valley (GWC auto-bid), Buffalo, Ball State, Akron, Evansville, Creighton, Central Connecticut State, IPFW, South Dakota State

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