With the losses suffered by both Bethune-Cookman and Texas Southern in their respective conference tournaments, the number of NIT Auto-Bid teams has jumped up to nine, and could be 11 if UAB and Missouri State fail to garner at-large bids to the NCAA.
Due to my previous rankings, this should stick Milwaukee in as the last #6 seed or the first #7 seed, whether or not you have them ahead of College of Charleston.
I do, so we should be a #6 seed regardless of what happens today. But just in case the NIT selection committee is an absolute stickler on RPI, then the Panthers could use some help today.
Kent State plays in the MAC Championship against Ball State, the #6 seed. In their only meeting, the Golden Flashes won by 13 at BSU.
Long Beach State is in the Big West Championship against the seven seed, UC Riverside. LBSU has an RPI above Milwaukee, but a loss to lowly UC Riverside would most definitely put them behind the Panthers.
Perhaps the best opportunity for Milwaukee to move up in the NIT is McNeese State. The Southland regular season champions face off against UT-San Antonio in the championship game today. A loss to the Roadrunners would put McNeese State in the NIT and bump up Milwaukee.
As of right now, I’ve got Milwaukee as the last 6-seed. Charleston may be ahead of Milwaukee, but I don’t think so; three top 50 wins, especially with the fact that two of them are against the conference champion and defending national runner-up, make me believe that Milwaukee is ahead of College of Charleston. The SoCon is a very weak conference and besides their very good victory at Tennessee, College of Charleston’s two other Top-100 wins came against teams that are on the bubble in dropping out of the Top-100. East Tennessee State is 91 and Vermont is 95; both wins are worse than Milwaukee’s fifth-best victory.
Charleston has no deep RPI torpedoes, but they’ve got four losses between 175-200.
Color me unimpressed; Milwaukee played a far tougher schedule (106 to 165), beat #34 twice (Butler) to Charleston’s defeat of #33 once, and the Cougars have several bad losses, just not bad enough to be sub-200.
Milwaukee – six seed. Book it. Unless the NIT Selection Committee is in love with the RPI, which could be the case.