NIT 2012 Bracket: Projections for Every Tournament Game
The best part about the NIT Tournament is the NCAA Tournament snubs who come out with a vengeance and want to stick it to the committee.
Some teams go into the tank and completely underwhelm, but others actually step up to the plate and not only handle their business, but do so with stellar play.
There are more than a few teams in this year's field with a legitimate argument against their exclusion from the big dance; this is their only chance to show it.
Printable Bracket can be found here, courtesy of the official NIT website.
No. 1 Washington vs. No. 8 UT-Arlington
The Huskies have to be beyond angry that California snuck into a play-in game while they didn't even get that second chance to make the tournament field. Their only shot at revenge starts against a UTA team that didn't face much top talent this year. The Huskies' athleticism should be enough for the win.
No. 4 Northwestern vs. No. 5 Akron
A battle-tested Northwestern from the Big Ten will overwhelm the Zips.
No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 6 LSU
Two power conference foes get a chance to square off after their respective conferences underwhelmed (minus Kentucky in the SEC) for much of the year. LSU is feisty, though, and after just falling short against the Wildcats, it'll come out and make something happen here.
No. 2 Dayton vs. No. 7 Iowa
The Flyers nearly snuck into the Big Dance with a conference tournament run, but came up short. That won't happen against the Hawkeyes.
No. 1 Tennessee vs. No. 8 Savannah State
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The Volunteers are a tournament-talented team that struggles with consistency. They're too good for the Tigers.
No. 4 Middle Tennessee vs. No. 5 Marshall
The Blue Raiders won't let Marshall into this game early.
No. 3 La Salle vs. No. 6 Minnesota
The Golden Gophers has a brutal February, but will find some solace in beating up on La Salle.
No. 2 Miami vs. No. 7 Valparaiso
The Hurricanes have a solid argument (although they simply lost too many games) with wins over Duke and Florida State this year. They'll be one of the three teams to beat in the NIT.
No. 1 Seton Hall vs. No. 8 Stony Brook
The top team to beat is the Hall, and they'll absolutely pummel the Seawolves.
No. 4 Mississippi State vs. No. 5 UMass
The Bulldogs have the best player on the court in Arnett Moultrie, and he'll make all the difference.
No. 3 Drexel vs. No. 6 Central Florida
The Dragons' loss to VCU in the CAA Championship hurt, and they'll still be feeling the hangover when they play the Knights.
No. 2 Saint Joseph's vs. No. 7 UNI
Angry about not getting a tourney bid after their second loss to the Bonnies in the last three games, the Hawks will take it out on Panthers.
No. 1 Arizona vs. No. 8 Bucknell
The Wildcats are heading straight into the tank after missing the big dance.
No. 4 Oral Roberts vs. No. 5 Nevada
The Golden Eagles are going to shoot the Wolfpack right out of the gym.
No. 3 Stanford vs. No. 6 Cleveland State
No way the Tree loses to a Vikings team that lost six of its last eight games.
No. 2 Ole Miss vs. No. 7 Illinois State
The Rebels closed the season before running into eventual SEC Tournament champion Vanderbilt in the postseason. They'll continue that against the Redbirds.
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