The NIT and the CBI
Evidently I was the only person in America frantically hitting refresh on the CBI's bracket page last night. The new 16-team event with the bizarre rules (re-seeding before the semifinals, best-of-three championship series) had promised that its field would be unveiled on Sunday night, but I didn't get the e-mailed CBI brackets until 1:54 a.m., by which point I had already given up.
But of the 32 NIT teams and 16 CBI teams, our tri-state-and-district region (henceforth: The Atlantic 11) advanced another seven teams to the postseason. (See a PDF NIT bracket here.) In addition to the six NCAA tournament teams (four of which were 15 seeds or lower), the local entries include:
* Local No. 5 Virginia Tech, which will host Local No. 7 Morgan State in the NIT's first round, giving us yet another all-local postseason game. (The others are Mount St. Mary's vs. Coppin State in the NCAA play-in game, and Local No. 1 Georgetown vs. Local No. 3 UMBC in the NCAA first round.)
* Local No. 4 VCU, which will host UAB in an NIT first-round game. Having followed these teams all year, I think we can all agree that VCU and Virginia Tech had fairly identical profiles, and they flip-flopped in our rankings for much of the season. I found it slightly bizarre that the NIT gave Va. Tech a one seed, and made VCU a four. By that logic, the Rams were no better than 13th in line for a tourney bid.
* Local No. 8 Maryland, which will travel to Minnesota for an NIT first-round game. Maryland is an NIT fifth-seed, which hasn't caused much angst but which is a lot more shocking than the Terps missing the tournament.
* Local No. 10 Virginia, which will host the now-we're-ranked now-we're-not Richmond Spiders in a FOURTH all-local postseason game, this one in the CBI.
* Local No. 11 Old Dominion, which will host the MAAC's Rider in a fascinating all-mid-major first-round CBI game.
William & Mary was the only ranked team in last week's Atlantic 11 that came up empty in the postseason tourney game, although I'm sure someone will create another event in the next few minutes that will include the Tribe. About one-third of national Division I programs are still playing basketball, but just about 50 percent of the Atlantic 11 is still alive for a national championship. If Georgetown (NCAA), Maryland (NIT) and Virginia (CBI) all win titles, I suggest we hold a joint victory parade around the Beltway.
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