CIT and CBI Bracketology #4 2-9-18

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.

2-9-18
Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament (26 teams)
– Albany 18-8 (6-5) America East
– UMBC 17-9 (8-3) America East
– Lipscomb 16-9 (6-4) ASUN
– Weber State 16-7 (9-2) Big Sky
– Liberty 15-11 (6-7) Big South
– UC Davis 16-8 (7-3) Big West
– Towson 17-9 (7-6) CAA
– Oakland 15-10 (7-5) Horizon
– UIC 15-11 (10-3) Horizon
– NC Central 12-11 (6-3) MEAC
– Ball State 15-9 (6-5) MAC
– Miami OH 13-12 (6-6) MAC
– Missouri State 16-10 (6-7) MVC
– Jacksonville State 18-8 (9-4) OVC
– Colgate 14-10 (9-4) Patriot
– Georgia Southern 16-9 (7-5) Sun Belt
– Wofford 17-8 (8-4) SoCon
– SFA 19-5 (8-3) Southland
– Fort Wayne 16-11 (5-5) Summit
– San Diego 16-9 (7-6) WCC
– UTRGV 13-12 (4-4) WAC
– Grand Canyon 17-8 (6-3) WAC
– Central Arkansas 13-12 (7-5) Southland
– Army 13-11 (6-7) Patriot
– Austin Peay 14-11 (9-4) OVC
– Grambling State 12-12 (8-3) SWAC

 

College Basketball Invitational (16 Teams)
– Hartford 14-10 (7-3) America East
– UCF 14-9 (5-6) American
– Radford 15-11 (8-5) Big South
– Marshall 16-8 (7-4) CUSA
– Milwaukee 13-14 (6-8) Horizon
– Niagara 16-10 (9-4) MAAC
– Eastern Michigan 14-10 (5-6) MAC
– UNLV 17-7 (6-5) MW
– Bradley 17-9 (7-6) MVC
– Central Connecticut State 12-14 (5-8) NEC
– Georgia State 19-6 (10-2) Sun Belt
– Seattle 16-9 (5-3) WAC
– Navy 16-10 (7-6) Patriot
– Southeastern Louisiana 15-10 (9-3) Southland
– Brown 10-10 (3-4) Ivy
– Boston College 14-10 (4-7) ACC
By: Ethan Hennessy

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