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NIT (And CBI/CIT)-ology: February 24

If you think picking 34 at-large teams for the NCAA Tournament is difficult this season, picking another 64 for the NIT, CBI, and Tournament isn't going to be much of a picnic either.

North Carolina is still in the NIT field and Arizona sneaks in as well. Keep in mind that while there is no rule stating a team has to have a record above .500 to be selected, no team with a losing mark has yet to be chosen. With that in mind, I've kept that principle in place until the NIT Selection Committee says otherwise.

The CBI could have a semifinal round featuring Boston College, UCLA, Michigan and Arkansas. If UNC loses a few more games, they could trump the Razorbacks in the South region.

After the jump, I'll have the projections for college basketball's other three postseason tournaments.


Dayton Region
(8) Iona at (1) Dayton
(5) VCU at (4) Minnesota
(6) Virginia at (3) Seton Hall
(7) Arizona at (2) Mississippi State

Cincinnati Region
(8) NC State at (1) Cincinnati
(5) Northeastern at (4) Memphis
(6) Wichita State at (3) Washington
(7) Alabama at (2) Notre Dame

Charlotte Region
(8) Marshall at (1) Charlotte
(5) St. John's at (4) Miami
(6) Washington State at (3) South Florida
(7) Louisiana Tech at (2) Mississippi

Tempe Region
(8) Colorado State at (1) Arizona State
(5) St. Louis at (4) Tulsa
(6) South Carolina at (3) Northwestern
(7) North Carolina at (2) William & Mary

Big East: 5
ACC, Pac-10, SEC: 4
Atlantic 10, Colonial, C-USA: 3
Big Ten: 2
Metro Atlantic, Missouri Valley, Mountain West, WAC: 1

First Four Out: Boston College, Nevada, Arkansas, New Mexico State


East Region
Vermont at Boston College
Buffalo at Georgia

West Region
Stanford at Nevada
Pacific at UCLA

South Region
Wright State at Arkansas
IUPUI at Bradley

Midwest Region
Indiana State at Michigan
Green Bay at NM State 

Horizon, Missouri Valley, Pac-10, SEC, WAC: 2
America East, ACC, Big Ten, Big West, Mid-American, Summit: 1


The Tournament pairs teams after the completion of each round of play.

First Round
Akron at Duquesne
Harvard at Quinnipiac
Missouri State at Western Kentucky
Montana at Portland
Morehead at Illinois State
South Dakota (Great West) at Northern Colorado
Western Carolina at George Mason
Wofford at Princeton

Big Sky, Ivy, Missouri Valley, Southern: 2
Atlantic 10, Colonial, Great West, Mid-American, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Sun Belt, West Coast: 1