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NIT Picks

Good grief the NIT sneaked up on me! I thought the games started Wednesday night, but they actually start tonight! Here are my picks!

1st Round (I got 14/16 correct, Chalk got 13/16 correct)

1-Illinois over 8-Stony Brook: Way overmatched; Illini could be 26-7 if not for close losses.
4-Kent St. over 5-Tulsa: Flashes ability to cause havoc defensively wins the game.
3-Dayton over 6-Illinois St.: Flyers incredible defensively; 29-3 in best case scenario!
2-Cincinnati over 7-Weber St.: Bearcats simply too athletic; Stephenson unguardable.
1-Arizona St. over 8-Jacksonville: Jax only Pac-10 game was a 32pt loss to California!
4-Seton Hall over 5-Texas Tech: The Pirates get revenge for TT firing one of their own!
What Happened: Superb offensive game for Tech while Seton Hall’s offense failed to show up.
3-Memphis over 6-St. John’s: New HC Josh Pastner gets win NCAA doesn’t take away!
2-Mississippi over 7-Troy: Rebels pretty good squad; shouldn’t have any troubles.
1-Virginia Tech over 8-Quinnipiac: Quinnipiac blew it against Robert Morris; it doesn’t get better here.
4-UConn over 5-Northeastern: This is blowout city if UConn comes to play, but that’s always a question.
6-Nevada over 3-Wichita St.: I like the Wolfpack here; matchups seem to favor Nevada.
7-Northwestern over 2-Rhode Island: Love Bill Carmody; Northwestern is very long too.
What Happened: NW couldn’t keep RI off the line; Bad nights for Drew Crawford & John Shurna: Bad for B10.
1-Mississippi St. over 8-Jackson St.: Bulldogs probably tournament team who got screwed.
4-North Carolina over 5-William & Mary: UNC most talented team in field by wide margin.
6-NC State over 3-South Florida: OK I admit it, I love coach Lowe!
2-UAB over 7-Coastal Carolina: Blazers too tough defensively for Coastal. Bonus: Mike Davis!

Sweet-16

1-Illinois over 4-Kent St.: Illinois just better; I hate Illinois but they are pretty good.
3-Dayton over 2-Cincinnati: Regression to the mean works for Dayton at end of season.
1-Arizona St. over 4-Seton Hall: Sun Devils work over Tony Soprano’s alma mater (for a month!)
3-Memphis over 2-Mississippi: Pastner gets another win Memphis can actually keep on record!
1-Virginia Tech over 4-UConn: Season of misery finally ends for Calhoun & Huskies.
7-Northwestern over 6-Nevada: I don’t know, I really like this Northwestern squad.
What Happened: NW couldn’t beat RI in 1st Rd; would have taken Nevada over the Rhode Island
1-Mississippi St. over 4-North Carolina: UNC has problems with tough D; MSU has tough D
6-NC State over 2-UAB: You know Coach Lowe is busting out the red jacket here!

Elite-8

3-Dayton over 1-Illinois: Senior lead Flyers beat Illini in game UI should win, but doesn’t.
1-Arizona St. over 3-Memphis: Pastner gets a loss Memphis can actually keep on record!
1-Virginia Tech over 7-Northwestern: Seth Greenberg is massively underrated coach.
1-Mississippi St. over 6-NC State: MSU should have beaten Kentucky twice this season!

Final-4

3-Dayton over 1-Arizona St.: Close game, but the A-10 reps over the P-10.
1-Virginia Tech over 1-Mississippi St.: Probably should be NIT Championship game.

NIT Finals

1-Virginia Tech over 3-Dayton: Hokies come back full in 2010-2011; NIT win is just a taste!

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March 16, 2010 - Posted by | Basketball, March Madness, NIT, Virginia Tech

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