NIT/CBI Report, Day One
If you're like me, and you consider "reckless insanity" the best approach to the three days between Selection Sunday and Bracket Due Date, you'll already have run 17 different statistical analyses on last night's NIT/CBI results, attempting to figure out what they mean for your NCAA bracket prospects.
All these home site games make things tricky, because almost any college basketball team SHOULD win at home in a matchup of reasonably similar talent, and so we shouldn't be surprised that, of 12 games yesterday, nine home teams were victorious. The most telling results, therefore, are the ones involving road wins/home losses. The best performance was turned in by the Mid-American Conference, which went 2-0, with Akron winning at Florida State, its first-ever win over an ACC school. This means you better pick ninth-seeded Kent State to beat UNLV.
The worst performance was turned in by the WAC, which doesn't matter because no one's taking Boise State, and the Big 10, with Minnesota losing at home to Maryland. Maybe all these Big 10 skeptics are right. Pick against Indiana and Purdue in the first round, I guess. The Maryland road win balances out the Florida State home loss, so we can't say anything yet about the ACC.
The Atlantic 10 was the only conference to lose two games yesterday, but both were on the road, so you're not officially allowed to count Xavier out yet, although I already have. The Missouri Valley was the only other conference to win two games yesterday, but both were at home, so I'm still hating on Drake.
As for those plucky Terps, it's on to Syracuse. If I'm not mistaken, Minnesota now is the highest non-conference RPI win for Maryland of the season. If the Terps get by the Orange, a non-BCS team would be between Maryland the Madison Square Garden: either U-Mass. or Akron. Boom Osby says the Terps have finally turned the corner, and good timing, since one more loss and they're done. Man, I've got NIT Fever.
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