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NIT predictions 2022: Picks for the boys’s bracket


The NIT is technically a comfort match, nevertheless it has routinely offered among the most thrilling school basketball round in recent times. This season, the boys’s Nationwide Invitational Event once more contains a terrific subject of groups who simply missed out on the NCAA match. There aren’t any straightforward outs amongst any of the 32 groups within the bracket.

The NIT options house video games on school campuses via the primary three rounds. The match then strikes to Madison Sq. Backyard for the semifinals on March 29 and championship on March 31. Profitable the NIT is traditionally a powerful signal for a program’s possibilities subsequent 12 months, and this 12 months’s subject options among the largest names within the sport.

Virginia, Oklahoma, Florida, and Texas A&M are only a few of the applications with huge budgets and huge fanbases on this 12 months’s match. So who might be slicing down the nets? Listed below are our picks. You possibly can wager on the complete NIT subject at DraftKings Sportsbook.

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Dayton is likely one of the brightest younger groups within the nation to not make the NCAA match. The Flyers begin 4 freshmen and simply misplaced a heartbreaker to Richmond within the A-10 semifinals. We’ll take them over Toledo within the opener. On the opposite facet of the bracket is the battle of Nashville: Vanderbilt vs. Belmont. The Bruins shoot 61 % from two-point vary, which is the most effective mark within the nation. We’ll predict they pull off the hometown upset. We’ll take Dayton over Belmont within the second spherical.

Florida — now with out head coach Mike White, who has accepted the Georgia job — faces a captivating first spherical matchup towards Rick Pitino and Iona. Pitino’s workforce misplaced by just one level to Rider in MAAC match. We predict they will pull the upset over the Gators. We’ll take Xavier over Cleveland State, after which decide the Musketeers to beat Iona.

We’ll take Xavier over Dayton to succeed in the Last 4 of the NIT.

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Oklahoma is the very best rated workforce in KenPom’s effectivity rankings to overlook the NCAA match. The Sooners completed simply 18-15 in head coach Porter Moser’s first 12 months, however there’s loads of expertise right here led by guard Jordan Goldwire and heart Tanner Groves. We’ll take Oklahoma over Missouri State, establishing a matchup with Colorado, who we’ll decide to defeat Saint Bonaventure. Give me the Buffs over Oklahoma within the second spherical.

We’ll decide Virginia to beat Mississippi State on the underside half of the bracket, after which go along with Texas State over North Texas. UVA will beat Texas State to arrange a matchup with Colorado.

Did you actually assume we’d decide towards Tony Bennett? The Hoos are our decide to make the Last 4 within the NIT.

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SMU misplaced a heartbreaker to Memphis within the AAC match and didn’t get an at-large bid regardless of ending 23-8 total and 13-4 in convention. With a star guard in senior Kendric Davis, the Mustangs ought to advance simply previous Nicholls of their first recreation. We’ll take Washington State — powered by a protracted, athletic, and younger entrance line of Efe Abogidi and Mouhamed Gueye — over Santa Clara. SMU over Wazzu within the second spherical.

Saint Louis has a superb level guard in Yuri Collins — who’s No. 3 within the nation in help price. The Billikens ought to have sufficient to get previous MVC star A.J. Inexperienced and Northern Iowa. We’ll take BYU over Lengthy Seaside State, after which count on Saint Louis to knock off BYU.

Give me SMU over Saint Louis to succeed in the Last 4. The Ponies simply have a lot expertise with 5 senior starters and will have sufficient perimeter protection to advance to MSG.

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Texas A&M deserved a spot within the huge dance after an unimaginable run to the SEC match title recreation. As an alternative, the Aggies are an NIT pressure that ought to advance previous Alcorn simply. We’ll take Oregon over host Utah State even with out star guard Will Richardson. Geese heart N’Faly Dante needs to be a giant drawback for Texas A&M’s entrance line, however 6’8 heart Henry Coleman poses his personal matchup issues. We’ll go along with Texas A&M within the second spherical assembly.

We’ll take VCU over Ivy League common season champ Princeton, and Wake Forest over Towson. That units up a star showdown between Wake’s Alondes Williams and VCU’s Vince Williams. Wake’s excellent offense vs. VCU’s elite protection needs to be a fantastic matchup. We predict the Demon Deacons have extra firepower on the supporting solid, led by 6’8 ahead Jake LaRavia, so give us Wake Forest in that matchup.

We’ll take Wake Forest over Texas A&M to succeed in the Last 4.

NIT Last 4

Xavier vs. Virginia. SMU vs. Wake Forest.

Xavier has misplaced six of their final seven video games getting into the NIT, however a star guard like Paul Scruggs and a dependable 7-footer like Jack Nudge is the type of basis that may right itself shortly. We’ll take the Musketeers over UVA and into the title recreation.

Can SMU’s protection cease Wake’s highly effective offense within the different semifinal? We aren’t relying on it. Put Wake into the title recreation.

We’ll decide Wake Forest to win the entire thing with a championship recreation victory over Xavier. The 1-2 punch of Williams and LaRavia is extraordinarily troublesome for matchup with, and the Deacons have sufficient round their two stars to win 5 straight video games within the NIT.

Wake Forest is our prediction to be NIT champion.




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