16 March 2015

2015 NIT Predictions

For those who do not make the NCAA Tournament, there is always the National Invitation Tournament. The NIT is not what it once was but it can be a decent consolation for those programs that may have felt they were snubbed, or those regular season conference champions that fell in their conference tournaments. Here are my predictions.

Schedule

Temple Region
1st Round
1 Temple vs. 8 Bucknell
Pick: Temple

4 Pittsburgh vs. 5 George Washington
Pick: George Washington

3 Louisiana Tech vs. 6 Central Michigan
Pick: Louisiana Tech

2 Texas A&M vs. 7 Montana
Pick: Texas A&M

2nd Round 
1 Temple vs. 5 George Washington
Pick: Temple

2 Texas A&M vs. 3 Louisiana Tech
Pick: Louisiana Tech

Quarterfinals 
1 Temple vs. 3 Louisiana Tech
Pick: Temple

Colorado State Region
1st Round
1 Colorado State vs. 8 South Dakota State
Pick: Colorado State

4 Saint Mary's vs. 5 Vanderbilt
Pick: Saint Mary's

3 Rhode Island vs. 6 Iona
Pick: Iona

2 Stanford vs. 7 UC Davis
Pick: Stanford

2nd Round 
1 Colorado State vs. 4 Saint Mary's
Pick: Colorado State 

2 Stanford vs. 6 Iona
Pick: Stanford

Quarterfinals 
1 Colorado State vs. 2 Stanford
Pick: Colorado State

Old Dominion Region
1st Round
1 Old Dominion vs. 8 Charleston Southern
Pick: Old Dominion

4 Illinois State vs. 5 Green Bay
Pick: Green Bay

3 Murray State vs. 6 UTEP
Pick: Murray State

2 Tulsa vs. 7 William & Mary
Pick: Tulsa

2nd Round
1 Old Dominion vs. 5 Green Bay
Pick: Green Bay

2 Tulsa vs. 3 Murray State
Pick: Murray State

Quarterfinals
3 Murray State vs. 5 Green Bay
Pick: Murray State

Richmond Region
1st Round
1 Richmond vs. 8 St. Francis Brooklyn
Pick: Richmond

4 Connecticut vs. 5 Arizona State
Pick: Connecticut

3 Illinois vs. 6 Alabama
Pick: Illinois

2 Miami (FL) vs. 7 NC Central
Pick: Miami (FL)

2nd Round
1 Richmond vs. 4 Connecticut
Pick: Connecticut

2 Miami (FL) vs. 3 Illinois
Pick: Miami (FL)

Quarterfinals
2 Miami (FL) vs. 4 Connecticut
Pick: Connecticut

Semifinals - March 31st (Madison Square Garden)
1 Temple vs. 4 Connecticut
Pick: Connecticut

1 Colorado State vs. 3 Murray State
Pick: Colorado State

Championship - April 2nd (Madison Square Garden)
1 Colorado State vs. 4 Connecticut
They nearly did it in the American tournament as Connecticut came very close to sealing a tournament bid through the auto-bid, but they came up just shy. I think an underrated Colorado State team will do the same.
Pick: Colorado State

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