There’s a new NIT bracket for Friday that’s been posted.
Just a few days ago I said that I didn’t feel good about Illinois making the NIT bracket. Of course then the Illini went out and beat Michigan State in East Lansing. It’s starting to feel like every team has a win over the Spartans, but that’s not really true. This is a huge victory. Here’s the kicker though: Illinois can’t play at home.
It’ll be interesting to see how the NIT seeding committee handles that case if the Illini are right around the 4/5 seed line come Selection Sunday. Last season Kentucky was given a 1 seed even though it couldn’t host and ended up traveling to Robert Morris. We all know how that worked out.
The other big change this week is that I did an in-depth seed scrub. I really went through and tried to put every team in exactly the right spot. Of course that doesn’t always happen, but I think this more accurately reflects where we are in the season.
The auto bids to the NIT will start taking spots shortly. This week in fact. Expect to see slots disappear. The teams that could take them are here along with information on potential CBI/CIT teams. If the movement justifies it, and it probably will, I’ll be putting out a new bracket sometime mid-week, most likely Thursday.
Last Few NCAA Bids (Not Necessarily In Order): Colorado, Oregon, Xavier, Arkansas, Oklahoma St., Baylor, Dayton, BYU, California, Missouri, Pittsburgh
8. Middle Tennessee
4. West Virginia
6. San Francisco
8. Cleveland St.
5. Boise St.
2. Florida St.
7. Texas A&M
6. Oregon St.
4. Southern Miss
6. Indiana St.
8. Western Michigan
5. Saint Mary’s
2. St. John’s
6. St. Bonaventure
Others considered: N.C. State, Missouri St., Purdue, Akron, Maryland, Eastern Michigan, New Mexico St., Ole Miss, Vanderbilt
Edit: An earlier version of this had St. Bonaventure playing at Richmond, which most certainly can’t happen. I’ve updated the bracket to reflect that change. Sending San Francisco across the country is still less than ideal though. (But they were going to Baton Rouge in the original bracket anyways.)