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.)
- Virginia Tech, Colorado State, Duquesne, Clemson
- VCU, Richmond, Butler, Maryland
- UAB, Southern Miss, Gonzaga, Alabama
- Cleveland State, Wichita State, Miami (FL), Penn State
- Michigan, Northern Iowa, Drexel, Dayton
- Mississippi, Northwestern, Harvard, Colorado
- Arkansas, Marshall, Nebraska, Providence
- Reserved for conference tourney losers
Teams that missed NIT cut: Indiana, Wright State, Rider, Morehead State, SMU, California, Portland, Montana