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The bracket is a mess. Maybe not this one, but definitely the NCAA tournament bracket. When I put together an NIT bracket I remind myself that the bottom 8-10 teams aren’t even going to make. Thank goodness. We’re trying to separate incredibly average major conference teams from good mid-majors with no profiles. Not fun.
My guess is that this madness will sort itself out eventually. (Either by automatic bids or by a few mediocre SEC, Big East and Pac-12 teams dropping under .500 in conference play.) The NCAA bubble is going to be exciting too. If you wanted to put St. Mary’s or Arizona St. in the tourney I’d understand your reasoning.
I tried to make sense of it all and what it resulted in is this latest attempt at an NIT bracket. I’ll be doing these weekly now. (Heaven help me!) Not many changes in terms of conference champions. One worth noting: Memphis now leads C-USA. The Tigers have an NCAA at-large profile at this point anyways, but they’d be better off not having to use it. Their counterpart, Southern Miss, really could use a win over Memphis. As of right now they’ve got a nice RPI and nothing.
My Last 8 Into NCAA (in no particular order): St. John’s, Kentucky, North Carolina, Boise State, La Salle, Villanova, Virginia, Baylor
The full NIT bracket:
1. St. Mary’s
8. New Mexico St.
2. Saint Joseph’s
7. Illinois St.
1. Indiana State
3. Texas A&M
6. Murray St.
2. Air Force
1. Arizona St.
3. Southern Miss
8. North Dakota St.
6. Northern Iowa
7. Florida St.
A few notes:
- I had to shuffle Tennessee around because they were going to end up playing one of their fellow SEC teams in a 2-7 game.
- There are six Atlantic 10 teams in the bracket. I can’t figure it out. UMass as a 1 seed feels high to me, but maybe?
- Wyoming-Northwestern would be a good game. I had to mess with the other 4-5 games a bit because of the A-10 madness.
- Southern Miss is a tough team to seed. So is St. Mary’s. So is Indiana State – in a completely different way.
Did I make a mess of things?