Marcha 23, 2018

National Invitation Tournament: 2018 preview and analysis of the field

13 Marcha 2018, 10:52 | Gerardo Tarin

What's the next step for UW? The NIT and a chance for the Huskies to “get better”

Jaylen Nowell and the Huskies will have to get over the disappointment of not making the NCAA tournament to make a run in the NIT

The Huskies are 8-1 all-time against the Broncos.

A sweep of California and key wins over Stanford, Oregon State and Buffalo - all four teams are in the NCAA tournament - helped seal ASU's at-large bid.

The Huskies opened Pac-12 play on a 4-1 run and after losing two straight, they won four in a row against Colorado, Washington State, ASU and Arizona. Was that a spot in the tournament that a team like Nebraska could now get? View the full bracket here.

In this preview, I will give a general overview and notes about the NIT, highlight some of the favorites to cut down the nets in Madison Square Garden, and analyze some sleeper teams and key players to watch. The Bulldogs will host Abilene Christian on Monday.

Pac-12 champion OR is the No. 2 seed in the Spokane Region of the women's NCAA Tournament. Ohio State got a 3 seed, followed by Maryland (5), Iowa (6), MI (7) and Minnesota (10).

Nebraska Coach Amy (Gusso) Williams will be leading her second school to an NCAA Division I Tournament, after also helping two Nebraska teams to the NCAA Tournament as a student-athlete.

"I don't know if I really understand it all", Drew said.

Nebraska's only other NCAA Tournament appearance in the state of Texas was a successful one.

It's not clear exactly what the NCAA selection committee has against the Huskers but it seems as if a week spent talking about how Nebraska didn't deserve to be in the NCAAs convinced everyone they barely deserved to be in the postseason.

The NIT is a single-elimination tournament that awards automatic bids to regular-season conference champions that didn't advance to the NCAA tournament. Rider wants to play quickly (ranking ninth in adjusted temp, according to KenPom) and this should be a great test against a high-level opponent. Padgett took over and had the Cardinals competing early during the conference season, but in mid-February the NCAA officially ruled it would vacate Louisville's 2013 national championship and 123 victories by the program. In all four of his coaching stops, including Northern Arizona, Pittsburgh and UCLA, he's guided teams to the postseason in his third year at the helm.

"We've been clear all along we're going to wait until the season wraps up, and then we'll talk about it", Tyra said Monday. "Nebraska's had some fine wins in their league".

Quinndary Weatherspoon is averaging a team-best 14.8 points per game. Center. If they win, they'll get the victor of Marquette-Dayton on Sunday.

"If it's just that we're the whatever seed, well. that's their perspective". They had a tough Big East schedule facing some top teams Xavier twice and Villanova three times.

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