Final NIT Bracketology - Uh oh!

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This should be it, my final attempt at predicting the NIT bracket for the 2010-11 college basketball season. I did this on a merit based system using the same criteria that the NCAA Tournament uses in its selection process. I'm not sure if the NIT replicates that exact format. I know they take into consideration location, which I have done a bit here, and even ticket sales, which I haven't.

The entire bracket is after the jump and then there is a long postscript.
Bracket (* is automatic bid):
1. UAB*
8. McNeese State*
4. Oklahoma State
5. Cleveland State
3. California
6. Charleston*
2. Colorado State
7. Vermont*
1. Boston College
8. Murray State*
4. Miami (FL)
5. Southern Miss
3. Washington State
6. Florida Atlantic*
2. New Mexico
7. Coastal Carolina*
1. Georgia
8. Bethune-Cookman*
4. Baylor
5. Missouri State*
3. VCU
6. Fairfield*
2. UTEP
7. Texas Southern*
1. St. Mary's*
8. Long Beach State*
4. Mississippi
5. Maryland
3. Nebraska
6. Milwaukee*
2. Harvard
7. Kent State*
Final notes:
Baylor is in the field because the Bears haven't had time to establish exactly what team they'd be without Perry Jones III, if he indeed is suspended for the rest of the season. On the other hand, we know exactly what type of team Minnesota would be without Al Nolen, a bad one, and thus the Gophers aren't in this bracket.
Unfortunately, neither are at least three other teams that I think are very deserving of playing in the NIT this season. Northwestern, Wichita State and Marshall got squeezed out by the rash of upsets that occurred in conference tournaments. The final three at-large bids are Southern Miss, Maryland and Cleveland State. Another automatic bid, Missouri State, sits on the five seed line, right on the edge of the bubble teams.
I started this process originally hoping to sort out what Northwestern's NIT chances would be. I wish I could bring more positive news. Later on Sunday I'll put up a piece about the known CIT and CBI bids. I don't know yet if Northwestern would even accept a CBI invitation, but right now it looks like a possible course of action.
I'll be watching and tweeting the Selection Show on CBS and the NIT Selection Show on ESPNU at 9 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. CT. Let's hope I'm wrong.
Final Note: If Dayton wins the Atlantic 10 on Sunday this bracket will be updated once more inside this post. The Flyers are the last team that can still a bid.

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