CIT and CBI Bracketology #1 12-18-17

I am starting what I believe to be the first ever CIT and CBI brackatology. Now it is quite common to see bracket predictions for the NCAA tournament, and there are even a few who predict NIT brackets like however I do not believe there is anyone who attempts to predict the teams in the other two tournaments. This is because there are so many moving parts associated with predicting who will be in them.
The teams that get invited to these postseason tournaments are ones that failed to make the NCAA or NIT, and sometimes we do not know who is in and out of those tournaments until later in championship week. Also, teams must pay entry and hosting fees which deters some teams. Furthermore, in the CIT you are required a .500 record, and be a mid-major. Some coaches view these tournaments as good building blocks for their programs, and others do not, so that might lead one program to be more likely to turn down or accept a bid. Geography must also be factored into selection (you don’t want to have three teams on the west coast and all the rest on the east coast).
So with attempting to factor all of that information into this I will try to tell you who I think will be heading to the CIT and CBI this year. I also factor in which teams have accepted bids in the past to one or both of the tournaments because that would indicate (assuming they meet the selection committee criteria) they are more likely to return. If they have long postseason droughts because this might make a team more likely to accept a bid to one of these tournaments. I will not consider teams that are leading their league at the time of this because they would be heading to the NCAA or NIT tournament (however we all know standings change often). Lastly, any inside information I hear about programs expressing interest in participating will be factored into these.
12-18-17 Postseason Tournament (26 teams)
– San Diego (8-3) WCC
– Georgia Southern (8-3) Sun Belt
– Western Illinois (7-2) Summit
– Fort Wayne (7-5) Summit
– Lamar (8-2) Southland
– Southeastern Louisiana (6-5) Southland
– VMI (5-5) Southern
– Army (7-4) Patriot
– Robert Morris (6-5) NEC
– Tennessee State (5-4) OVC
– Tennessee Tech (8-4) OVC
– Milwaukee (7-5) Horizon
– Missouri State (9-3) MVC
– Valparaiso (8-3) MVC
– Bowling Green (7-4) MAC
– Ball State (6-4) MAC
– Brown (5-5) Ivy
– UTSA (7-5) CUSA
– UCSB (8-3) Big West
– College of Charleston (7-3)
– Presbyterian (6-5) Big South
– Campbell (5-5) Big South
– Binghamton (8-4) America East
– UMBC (8-5) America East
– Stetson (7-6) ASUN
– Northern Colorado (8-3) Big Sky
College Basketball Invitational (16 Teams)
– Seattle (8-5) WAC
– Utah Valley (7-5) WAC
– Abilene Christian (7-4) Southland
– Colgate (4-6) Patriot
– Central Connecticut State (5-6) NEC
– UNLV (9-2) Mountain West
– Bradley (9-2) Missouri Valley
– Southern Miss (7-4) CUSA
– FAU (6-4) CUSA
– UC Davis (7-3) Big West
– Hofstra (7-3) CAA
– DePaul (6-5) Big East
– Southern Utah (6-4) Big Sky
– Georgia Tech (5-4) ACC
– Tulane (7-3) American
– Montana State (6-5) Big Sky
Ethan Hennessy

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