CIT and CBI Bracketology #5 2-25-18

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.

x indicates they have expressed interest in possibly playing in one of the tournaments

z indicates a team has accepted a bid to this tournament

y indicates they are hosting a first round game in one of the tournaments
2-25-18
Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament (26 teams)
– Grand Canyon 19-10 (8-5) WAC
– UTRGV 15-15 (6-7) WAC
– Georgia State 20-9 (11-5) Sun Belt
– UT Arlington 18-12 (9-8) Sun Belt
– Fort Wayne 18-13 (7-7) Summit
– Southeastern Louisiana 19-10 (13-3) Southland
– SFA 23-6 (12-4) Southland
– Wofford 20-11 (11-7) SoCon
– Furman 22-9 (13-5) SoCon
– Navy 20-11 (11-7) Patriot
– Jacksonville State 20-11 (11-7) OVC
– Evansville 17-14 (7-11) MVC
– Drake 16-15 (10-8) MVC
– NC A&T 17-12 (10-4) MEAC
– Toledo 20-9 (12-4) MAC
– Ball State 19-10 (10-6) MAC
– UIC 17-14 (12-6) Horizon
– Towson 18-13 (8-10) CAA
– Hawaii 16-11 (7-7) Big West
– Cal State Fullerton 16-10 (9-5) Big West
– Liberty 18-13 (9-9) Big South
– Campbell 16-14 (10-8) Big South
– Radford 19-12 (12-6) Big South
– Weber State 19-9 (12-4) Big Sky
– UMBC 20-10 (11-4) America East
– Hartford 18-11 (11-4) America East

 

College Basketball Invitational (16 Teams)
– (x) Seattle 19-11 (8-5) WAC
– Georgia Southern 18-11 (9-7) Sun Belt
– Denver 14-14 (8-6) Summit
– Colgate 17-12 (12-6) Patriot
– Oregon State 14-14 (6-10) Pac 12
– Mount Saint Mary’s 18-13 (12-6) NEC
– New Mexico 15-14 (10-6) Mountain West
– Oakland 18-13 (10-8) Horizon
– (x) Marshall 20-9 (11-5) CUSA
– Yale 14-14 (7-5) Ivy
– Charleston Southern 14-15 (9-9) Big South
– Portland State 18-11 (8-8) Big Sky
– UC Santa Barbra 21-7 (10-4) Big West
– Northern Colorado 19-10 (10-6) Big Sky
– Oklahoma State 16-13 (6-10) Big 12
– Duquesne 15-14 (6-10) A10
Ethan Hennessy

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