Northwestern to Meet Milwaukee in NIT Game Tonight

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Northwestern hosts its first National Invitation Tournament (NIT) game since 1994 Wednesday as the #4 seed Wildcats take on Milwaukee at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Tip is 7 p.m.

The winner of Wednesday’s contest advances to take on the winner of the game between #1 seeded Boston College and #8 seed McNeese State.

Milwaukee, the Horizon League regular season champ, fell to the Butler Bulldogs in the HL conference tourney, and were denied a NCAA Tournament bid. They are 19-13 overall, 13-5 in conference. The Panthers won nine of their last 10 regular-season game, had a double bye in the conference tourney,  then defeated Valparaiso in the semifinal before falling to Brad Stevens and company.

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People Actually do NIT, CBI and CIT Bracket Projections. Really!

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Everyone and their brother (and their sister, nephew, uncle cousin’s former roommate) is currently filling out their bracket right now. And the geekier subgroup of that large group is comprised of those who peruse plenty of college basketball bracket projections in the weeks and months leading up to yesterday. And a tiny subset of that group are those who made those “bracketologies.”

So that’s common and standard. But what about a NIT bracketology? For the “Not important tournament,” or “not invited tournament,” Yes people actually project those too!

Further down the pecking order are the CBI and CIT. Many, many schools refuse bids to these consolations brackets. (Some seasons just need to end- Iowa Hawkeyes are a good example).

And yes, I found a guy who does projections for these as well- believe it or not!

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