No one wants to be in the NIT.
Well, maybe … nix that, no one really wants to be in the NIT.
But there still has to be a 32-team field to fill out an event that is extremely difficult to predict.
Still, it’s worth a projection that will be worth revisiting later in the night. As a formality for evaluating the NIT projection, any team that I have in the NCAA field that misses automatically takes the place of the NIT team that I misdiagnosed. After all, if a Maryland or a Saint Mary’s isn’t in the NCAA field, it will surely make the NIT.
Onward… (with automatic berths denoted with an asterisk)
(1) Virginia Tech vs. (8) UT Martin*
(4) Davidson* vs. (5) Rhode Island
(3) Miami vs. (6) UAB
(2) Florida vs. (7) Illinois State
(1) Penn State vs. (8) Bowling Green*
(4) Georgetown vs. (5) George Mason
(3) South Carolina vs. (6) Cincinnati
(2) Providence vs. (7) Niagara
(1) Auburn vs. (8) Jacksonville*
(4) Notre Dame vs. (5) Kansas State
(3) Kentucky vs. (6) Nebraska
(2) Creighton vs. (7) Northwestern
(1) Arizona vs. (8) Weber State*
(4) UNLV vs. (5) Tulsa
(3) Baylor vs. (6) New Mexico
(2) San Diego State vs. (7) Nevada
—- Patrick Stevens