Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Predicted 2009 NIT

Here's 16 teams who I think will be worthy of a CBI invite next spring

Alabama: (SEC)
Arizona: (Pac 10)
Brigham Young (MWC)
Butler (Horizon)
Cincinnati: (Big East)
Dayton: (Atlantic 10)
Florida State: (ACC)
Georgia: (SEC)
Georgetown: (Big East)
Illinois: (Big Ten)
Illinois State: (MVC)
Kansas State: (Big XII)
Kent State: (MAC)
Massachusetts: (Atlantic 10)
Minnesota: (Big Ten)
Mississippi: (SEC)
New Mexico: (MWC)
New Mexico State: (WAC)
North Carolina State: (ACC)
Oklahoma State: (Big XII)
Oregon: (Pac 10)
Rhode Island: (Atlantic 10)
San Diego: (WCC)
Southern Mississippi: (C-USA)
St. Joseph's: (Atlantic 10)
Syracuse: (Big East)
Tennessee-Chattanooga: (Southern)
UALR: (Sun Belt)
Utah State: (WAC)
Valparaiso: (Horizon)
Western Michigan: (MAC)
Wright State: (Horizon)

Most likely to move up into this group would Southern Illinois of the Missouri Valley Conference.
Most likely to move up out of this group (to the NCAA tourney) would be Syracuse.

Additional thought:
I've almost certainly over-favored two conferences here, the Horizon and the Atlantic-Ten. But I'm a mid-major sympathizer, and I rather see these guys -who I honestly think deserve a postseason- here than the bigger schools from bigger conferences who bring in more ticket revenue but are generally also bring far more lackluster squads. So, yeah, there's probably a bit of a bias in these picks, but I'd rather err on the side of the small guy.


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