CIT and CBI Bracketology #3 1-22-18

This is 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 nycbuckets.com 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.

1-22-18
Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament (26 teams)
– Weber State 12-7 (5-2) Big Sky
– Princeton 9-8 (2-1) Ivy
– Grand Canyon 14-6 (4-1) WAC
– San Diego 13-7 (4-4) WCC
– Iona 12-8 (6-2) MAAC
– South Dakota 17-5 (5-1) Summit
– Bowling Green 12-7 (3-3) MAC
– Albany 16-6 (4-3) America East
– NC Central 10-9 (4-1) MEAC
– Fort Wayne 14-9 (3-3) Summit
– Lipscomb 12-8 (2-3) ASUN
– Furman 14-6 (5-2) SoCon
– Idaho 13-6 (5-2) Big Sky
– Liberty 12-9 (3-5) Big South
– Seattle 14-8 (3-2) WAC
– UMBC 13-8 (4-2) America East
– Georgia State 14-6 (5-2) Sun Belt
– CS Fullerton 11-7 (4-2) Big West
– Abilene Christian 13-8 (5-3) Southland
– Texas State 13-8 (6-2) Sun Belt
– SFA 16-3 (5-1) Southland
– Navy 13-8 (4-4) Patriot
– Ball State 12-7 (3-3) MAC

 

College Basketball Invitational (16 Teams)
– Rider 13-7 (6-2) MAAC
– Hartford 11-10 (4-3) America East
– Saint Louis 10-10 (3-4) Atlantic 10
– Wofford 14-5 (5-1) SoCon
– Northwestern 12-9 (3-5) Big Ten
– Northern Colorado 13-7 (4-3) Big Sky
– UC Santa Barbra 14-5 (3-2) Big West
– Towson 14-7 (4-4) CAA
– San Francisco 11-10 (3-5) WCC
– Lamar 12-8 (4-3) Southland
– Army 12-7 (5-3) Patriot
– Wyoming 12-7 (3-3) MW
– Bradley 14-7 (4-4) MVC
– Saint Francis PA 11-8 (5-3) NEC
– Evansville 12-9 (2-6) MVC
– LSU 11-7 (2-4) SEC
Ethan Hennessy

 

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