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UC Irvine 23-11 (13-3 Big West)
The Anteaters won their conference regular season before losing to NCAA at-large selection Cal Poly in the Big West semifinals. UCI was the second-best team in the country for field-goal defense, holding their opponents to a stingy 37.6 percent. Freshman center Mamadou Ndiaye is the tallest player in the NIT (7'6").
Prediction: Does UCI's defense win them a couple NIT games? Not likely.
High Point 16-14 (12-4 Big South)
Though they posted a horrible 4-10 nonconference record, the Panthers won their regular season before losing in their opening game of the conference tournament on a last-second three-pointer. Sophomore forward John Brown was the Big South player of the year, averaging 19.5 points and 7.8 rebounds.
Prediction: May not be too many more high points this season.
Florida Gulf Coast 22-12 (14-4 Atlantic Sun)
After Dunk City's miracle run to the 2013 Sweet 16, they came up short in both the regular season and conference tournament to Mercer. If they can capture the same March magic that they found a year ago, they could make another impressive run.
Prediction: Dunk City lives. Last year, they had their shot at the Gators. This year, FGCU gets FSU. Love it!
Robert Morris 21-13 (14-2 NEC)
After starting off the year 7-11, the Colonials won the conference regular-season title by two games. However, they lost to fifth-place Mount Saint Mary's in the NEC tournament championship game, preventing them from making their eighth NCAA appearance in school history.
Prediction: The Colonials will need to shake off the loss to MSM if they are going to make any noise in the NIT.