The NIT bracket was announced Sunday night with an astonishing 13 regular season champions of mid-major conferences. That means that more than one-third of the field went to teams that were the best in their leagues during the regular season.
It could signal that the names at the top of the bracket are not going to get to the Final Four in Madison Square Garden. The top spots went to St. John's (6 NIT titles), Florida State, SMU and Minnesota, with the best mid-major seeds being Louisiana Tech and Southern Mississippi, both teams that were getting a little bit of NCAA Tournament love.
Here is the complete bracket in the NIT, and one you can download:
No. 1 SMU vs. No. 8 UC-Irvine, Wed., ESPN2, 9 p.m.
No. 4 San Francisco vs. No. 5 LSU, Wed., ESPNU, 10 p.m.
No. 3 Arkansas vs. No. 6 Indiana State, Tue., ESPN, 9 p.m.
No. 2 Cal vs. No. 7 Utah Valley, Wed., ESPN3, 10:30 p.m.
Florida State Region:
No.1 Florida State vs. No. 8 Florida Gulf Coast, Tue., ESPN2, 7 p.m.
No. 4 Georgetown vs. No. 5 West Virginia, Tue., ESPN, 7 p.m.
No. 3 Louisiana Tech vs. No. 6 Iona, Wed., ESPN3, 7:30 p.m.
No. 2 Georgia vs. No. 7 Vermont, Wed., ESPNU, 8 p.m.
St. John's Region:
No. 1 St. John's vs. No. 8 Robert Morris, Tue., ESPNU, 7 p.m.
No. 4 Green Bay vs. No. 5 Belmont, Tue., ESPN3, 8:15 p.m.
No. 3 Clemson vs. No. 6 Georgia State, Tue., ESPNU, 9 p.m.
No. 2 Illinois vs. No. 7 Boston University, Wed., ESPN, 7 p.m.
No. 1 Minnesota vs. No. 8 High Point, Tue., ESPN3, 8:15 p.m.
No. 4 St. Mary's vs. No. 5 Utah, Tue., ESPN2, 11 p.m.
No. 3 Southern Miss vs. No. 6 Toledo, Wed., ESPN3, 8:30 p.m.
No. 2 Missouri vs. No. 7 Davidson, Tue., ESPN2, 8 p.m.
All times Eastern. Dates are Tue., March 18, and Wed., March 19.