Poor CBI. Nobody wants to play in the thing.
These teams all declined bids last night: Michigan, Minnesota, Penn State, Tennessee, Memphis, Oregon State, Cal.
The CBI field is brutal. The only major conference team is Colorado, and one of their seniors literally quit the team because he didn't want to play in the CBI.
Who does that? Who just says "yeah......I'll take a pass on that one. See ya, guys. It was a fun 4 years" before postseason play?
The two teams that in large part defined this basketball season for us are both in the post-season. NJIT hosts New Hampshire tonight in the CIT. This is NJIT's first post-season tournament ever:
The rest of the 32-team field is filled with half the MAC (WMU, Bowling Green, Kent State) and no P5 teams.
EMU, meanwhile, is in the 16-team CBI. They play at Louisiana-Monroe on Wednesday. Colorado is the only P5 team in the field.
What the hell - I'm rooting for both of them.
Curious as to what guys the MGoCommunity uses to handicap their brackets. I usually take a look at a few sharps on twitter, KenPom, 538.com, and the WSJ blind tourney pick 'em. Always looking for new sources of info. Thanks in advance.
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Congratulations to kirby0013 for wining last years challenge. What methods do people use to make their picks?
John Templeton of his great site, NYC Buckets, has just released his final NIT projected field.
Michigan is a 6 seed and would play a game at 3 seed Connecticut.
If Michigan won that game, they would be guaranteed a home game in the Second Round.
How? Their second round game would be the winner of 2 Illinois at 7 William & Mary.
Illinois cannot host an NIT game at all due to renovations at their arena.
Let's all hope Michigan has their name called. 8:30pm on ESPNU.
UPDATE: Here is the final updated NIT projections with the first four out of the NCAA Tournament as the NIT 1 seeds. Michigan's projection remains unchanged.