All of a sudden the National Invitation Tournament doesn't necessarily look like a sure thing for the Indiana basketball team.
Indiana remained a No. 6 seed in one NIT projection today and fell out of the field entirely in another.
And even the one that it stayed in, Bracketmatrix.com, made it clear that any teams on the 5 or 6 seed lines could easily drop out if more teams are added to the field because of automatic bids.
According to Bracket Matrix, there are currently 11 teams that have received automatic bids to the NIT. Any regular season conference champion that does not win its conference tournament is given an automatic bid to the NIT.
The 11 teams that automatically will get an NIT bid include Belmont, Boston University, Davidson, Florida Gulf Coast, High Point, Iona, Robert Morris, UC Irvine, Utah Valley, Vermont, and Wisconsin-Green Bay
Bracket Matrix believes that even with that information that IU would be a No. 6 seed in the NIT if the pairings were announced today. But if any teams that won their conferences in smaller divisions were to lose today they would also get automatic bids. This would be teams on the No. 5 and 6 lines in jeopardy of losing a bid.
Here is the Bracket Matrix link. Bracket Matrix LINK
Big Apple Buckets is another site that has an NIT projection. It had IU as a No. 4 prior to the Illinois but coming out of it has IU on the outside looking in, replaced by Indiana State. Bracket Matrix has IU in over Indiana State. The Big Apple Bucket blog has a detailed explanation of why Indiana State would get in over Indiana. Here's that link. Big Apple Buckets LINK
Add it up and it appears that Indiana will be sweating the NIT process on Sunday, too. My, what a difference a year makes.
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