Happening Hoops 2021-22 Pre-Season CBI/CIT Bracketology

By: Ethan Hennessy

College basketball is right around the corner! I am back for my fifth season of CBI and CIT Bracketology. I will attempt to provide the most accurate predictions of these two postseason tournament fields. Here is my prediction of what the fields will look like come March. Whether you are excited or disappointed to see your team remember not a single game has been played so every team’s NCAA Tournament hopes are alive and well. I’ll be posting the next bracketology three to five weeks into the non-conference.

College Basketball Invitational (16 Teams)

  • Bellarmine (ASUN)
  • Wake Forest (ACC)
  • Idaho (Big Sky)
  • Longwood (Big South)
  • High Point (Big South)
  • Detroit Mercy (Horizon)
  • Norfolk State (MEAC)
  • Air Force (Mountain West)
  • Eastern Kentucky (OVC)
  • Navy (Patriot)
  • Jackson State (SWAC)
  • Oral Roberts (Summit)
  • Coastal Carolina (Sun Belt)
  • Pacific (WCC)
  • California Baptist (WAC)
  • New Mexico State (WAC)

CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (Usually 26 Teams)

  • Stetson (ASUN)
  • Stony Brook (America East)
  • UMBC (America East)
  • Montana State (Big Sky)
  • UC Riverside (Big West)
  • Winthrop (Big South)
  • James Madison (CAA)
  • UTSA (CUSA)
  • Charlotte (CUSA)
  • Youngstown State (Horizon)
  • Marist (MAAC)
  • Ohio (MAC)
  • Coppin State (MEAC)
  • Merrimack (NEC)
  • Wagner (NEC)
  • SIUE (OVC)
  • Loyola MD (Patriot)
  • Boston (Patriot)
  • ETSU (SoCon)
  • Incarnate Word (Southland)
  • McNeese State (Southland)
  • Alabama State (SWAC)
  • UT Arlington (Sun Belt)
  • Louisiana (Sun Belt)
  • UTRGV (WAC)
  • Sam Houston State (WAC)

My CBI and CIT prediction rate per year

2018: 75% (27/36)

2019: 93% (39/42)

*2020: 88% minimum *It was later determined three days from Selection Sunday (at the time of the cancelations) I had already correctly predicted 37 of the would be 42 teams confirmed in the fields.

2021: 100% (8/8)

Career Accuracy Rate:

87% 111/128 (including 2020)

86% (74/86) (not including 2020)

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