14 March 2016

2016 NIT Predictions

Because if there isn't the NCAA Tournament, there's the NIT. While it is obviously not the big draw, there is still some quality basketball to be played and especially since a number of these teams should have gotten bids to the NCAA's. So who will win the NIT? Here are my predictions.

Schedule

St. Bonaventure Quadrant
1st Round
1 St. Bonaventure vs. 8 Wagner
Pick: St. Bonaventure

4 Creighton vs. 5 Alabama
Pick: Alabama

3 Virginia Tech vs. 6 Princeton
Pick: Princeton

2 BYU vs. 7 UAB
Pick: BYU

2nd Round
1 St. Bonaventure vs. 5 Alabama
Pick: St. Bonaventure

2 BYU vs. 6 Princeton
Pick: BYU

Quarterfinals
1 St. Bonaventure vs. 2 BYU
Pick: St. Bonaventure

South Carolina Quadrant
1st Round
1 South Carolina vs. 8 High Point
Pick: South Carolina

4 Georgia Tech vs. 5 Houston
Pick: Houston

3 Washington vs. 6 Long Beach State
Pick: Washington

2 San Diego State vs. 7 IPFW 
Pick: San Diego State

2nd Round
1 South Carolina vs. 5 Houston
Pick: South Carolina

2 San Diego State vs. 3 Washington
Pick: San Diego State

Quarterfinals
1 South Carolina vs. 2 San Diego State
Pick: San Diego State

Monmouth Quadrant
1st Round
1 Monmouth vs. 8 Bucknell
Pick: Monmouth

4 George Washington vs. 5 Hofstra
Pick: George Washington

3 Ohio State vs. 6 Akron
Pick: Akron

2 Florida vs. 7 North Florida
Pick: Florida

2nd Round
1 Monmouth vs. 4 George Washington
Pick: Monmouth

2 Florida vs. 6 Akron
Pick: Florida

Quarterfinals
1 Monmouth vs. 2 Florida 
Pick: Monmouth

Valparaiso Quadrant
1st Round
1 Valparaiso vs. 8 Texas Southern
Pick: Valparaiso

4 Florida State vs. 5 Davidson
Pick: Florida State

3 Georgia vs. 6 Belmont
Pick: Georgia

2 Saint Mary's vs. 7 New Mexico State
Pick: Saint Mary's

2nd Round
1 Valparaiso vs. 4 Florida State
Pick: Valparaiso

2 Saint Mary's vs. 3 Georgia
Pick: Georgia

Quarterfinals
1 Valparaiso vs. 3 Georgia
Pick: Georgia

Semifinals - March 29th  - New York
1 St. Bonaventure vs. 3 Georgia
Pick: St. Bonaventure

1 Monmouth vs. 2 San Diego State
Pick: Monmouth

Championship - March 31st - New York 
1 St. Bonaventure vs. 1 Monmouth
Both of these clubs should have been in the NCAA Tournament, especially over teams like Syracuse, Michigan and especially Tulsa. I do think that the Hawks are the better team and with what should be more of a homecourt advantage, they'll get the win.
Pick: Monmouth

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