NOTE: The latest NIT Bracketology can always be found from the top link here. It is updated every Sunday.
A lot of conference games have been played in the three weeks since the first bracket was posted back in early January. Some teams have risen (St. John’s) and some have fallen (Seton Hall). Recent games have really shaken up the brackets. Who had Villanova near the NCAA tournament even a week ago? Now the Wildcats look to be safely in at the moment. The bubble is really soft both for the NCAA and NIT. That’s why teams like Kentucky, Maryland and St. Mary’s are in the NCAA tournament for now.
As always this is my projected NIT tournament bracket for if the season ended today. All games through Sunday evening have been taken into account. (All the really late game could do is knock Stanford out anyways.) You can sort of reconstruct the s-curve that I used in my NIT bracket if you go through the seed lines. They’ve been scrubbed pretty hard this time around, though the only adjustments I’ve made is if two teams from the same conference would play in Rd. 1.
Version III will be up the second weekend of February, two weeks from tonight, so if you don’t like where your team is seeded now wait a couple of weeks. I’m sure things will keep getting all shook up.
- Last 6 Into NCAA: Wyoming, Boise St., St. Mary’s, St. John’s, Maryland, Kentucky
- Notable League Winners: Lehigh (Patriot, head-to-head tiebreaker), Florida Gulf Coast (what a mess), Western Illinois (this matters!)
- Weirdest Profiles: Northwestern, Virginia and South Dakota St. (all in NIT)
- If your team is on the 7 or 8 seed line I wouldn’t feel too good. Those are usually automatic bid territory.
8. Eastern Kentucky
4. Texas A&M
3. Indiana St.
1. Brigham Young
8. New Mexico St.
2. St. Louis
7. Air Force
6. South Dakota St.
8. Seton Hall
4. Florida St.
8. Wake Forest
3. Arizona St.
6. Saint Joseph’s
There are some really fun match ups in this bracket. Memphis-Dayton is one I particularly like. The BYU bracket is full of sneaky good teams that are coming on strong lately. Air Force and Xavier are two of the biggest risers since the last time I did the bracket. Questions? Comments? Concerns?