A #5 Seed in the NIT?

dave@friarblog —  March 16th, 2009 2:07 AM
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I realize this is “just the NIT”, but I was starting to come to grips with getting into following the tournament just as the Friars seed in the NIT was about to be announced.  Afterall, it’s more PC basketball to watch.

Then I hear this.

#5: Providence Friars

#4: Miami Hurricanes

A 5th seed in the NIT? How did we go from discussing Providence as one of the last teams out in the NCAA tournament to a #5 seed!?  In case you missed it, the BIG EAST had THREE #1 seeds in the NCAA Brackets (one of which the Friars beat).  The same BIG EAST that saw PC put up a 10-8 conference record.

Yet Notre Dame gets a #2 seed, even though they were 8-10?

I know the seed doesn’t really mean much, but seriously?  Did they put any thought into this?  Makes it hard to take the tournament seriously, if you ask me.

Anyway, that gives the Friars a first round matchup  versus #4 seed Miami (18-12, 7-9) Wednesday night at the DUNK (7PM on ESPN2).  Weird, why would the higher seed be the host team?  Because apparently Miami did not want to host it.  Super!  So we should have been a freakin’ AWAY team for a first round NIT game.  I give up.  Oh well, I’ll still be watching come Wednesday night.

If PC wins the first round, they would likely play Florida, who plays Jacksonville in their first game.

Here are all your matchups for the NIT

1. San Diego State
8. Weber State

4. Kansas State
5. Illinois State

3. South Carolina
6. Davidson

2. Saint Mary’s
7. Washington State


1. Auburn
8. UT-Martin

4. Tulsa
5. Northwestern

3. Baylor
6. Georgetown

2. Virginia Tech
7. Duquesne


1. Creighton
8. Bowling Green

4. Kentucky
5. UNLV

3. New Mexico
6. Nebraska

2. Notre Dame
7. UAB

1. Florida
8. Jacksonville

4. Miami
5. PROVIDENCE

3. Niagara
6. Rhode Island

2. Penn State
7. George Mason

LINKS

Friars.com: Men’s Basketball To Host ACC Foe Miami In The NIT On Wednesday, March 18

Projo.com: Friars’ NCAA hopes rose and were dashed, so instead they head into the NIT for a matchup against Miami

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