NIT Tournament 2011: Predicting the Breakout Stars and Potential Lottery Picks

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NIT Tournament 2011: Predicting the Breakout Stars and Potential Lottery Picks
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If you're like the rest of the country, you're probably waiting in excitement for tomorrow night when the NCAA Tournament kicks off with that 'First Four" in Dayton.

Well, for those who fell just short of the Big Dance, there's even a place for them. Yes, the good old NIT was selected. Not surprisingly, some of the bigger snubs of the tournament—Colorado, Virginia Tech and Saint Mary's—were all selected as high seeds for the NIT,which also kicks off Tuesday and Wednesday with first-round action. 

But just because it isn't the NCAA Tournament doesn't mean there aren't good players playing in the tournament. In fact, this NIT is pretty stacked with some good players and a possible first-round pick in the upcoming NBA Draft.

With that in mind, this is your first look at the players who will be tearing it up in the smaller spotlight. These are the guys you might not have heard of before, but you'll know more about them before the tournament ends. We're going to look at some potention breakout players and whether or not they can improve their draft status before June.

So read on to see if your favorite player from the NIT is on the list. And for more NCAA news, head to the March Madness page and download your own Tournament Bracket.

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