NITology: The Field of 32 is Taking Shape

    
March 7th, 2012

With regular season champs like Iona, Middle Tennessee, and Oral Roberts losing their conference tournaments, the 2012 NIT field is beginning to take shape. The field below is not who I think deserves to be in, but simply a prediction of what the committee would do as things stand today. NIT-Ology is released following CollegeHoops.net's weekly 2012 Bracketology update.

 

Notes on the NIT Field and NIT Bracketology: The NIT field is compose of 32 teams, including regular season champions that do not win their conference tournament. There is no way to predict how many regular season champions will lose their tournaments or which teams that might be. Thus, all that is listed here is the 20 most likely "at-large" teams as well as regular season champs that have been eliminated from their conference tournaments.

 

For a statistical breakdown of NCAA Bubble teams, check out the weekly Bubble Watch.

 

Arrows indicate teams that made a major move since the previous week. New teams in green. Teams that have an automatic bid into the NIT.

 

 

NCAA BUBBLE: Last 5 In

Northwestern

Seton Hall

Xavier

Texas

Tennessee (complete NCAA projection)

 

ONE

Colorado St

Oregon

South Florida

Drexel

 

TWO

NC State

St. Joseph's

Ole Miss

Dayton

 

THREE

Arizona

Iona

Stanford

Oral Roberts

 

FOUR

New Mexico St

UCF

Illinois

Colorado

 

FIVE

Middle Tennessee

UMASS

Maryland

Iowa

 

SIX

Arkansas

Illinois St

LSU

Valparaiso

 

SEVEN

Pittsburgh

Wyoming

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EIGHT

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First Out: Minnesota, George Mason, TCU, La Salle