Taking a look at the 2017 NIT bracket for the 32 teams still competing in the postseason, complete with a printable version
There’s no question that the 32 teams that will be playing in the 2017 NIT would much rather be competing for a National Championship. That’s the goal of any team in college basketball every season. However, there are some teams that ultimately don’t get to enjoy that fortune, despite a strong season. Those teams then still have a chance at a postseason by making it into the NIT bracket.
On Sunday night following the official Selection Sunday for field of 68 in the NCAA Tournament, the 2017 NIT bracket was revealed on ESPN. Because of the first four out from the NCAA tourney, we already knew who the No. 1 seeds would be in the NIT bracket. Those spots belonged to the Syracuse Orange (top-overall seed), California Golden Bears, Illinois State Redbirds and Iowa Hawkeyes.
However, the real question was which other teams would get a bid to the tournament and fill out the rest of the 2017 NIT bracket. All we knew outside of those four were teams like UT-Arlington and Monmouth that would make it as regular season conference champions who failed to earn an automatic bid.
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It was all revealed on Sunday night, however. With that, here’s a look at you 2017 NIT bracket. To access a printable version to fill out at home, click the image and you’ll be directed to that version:
There aren’t just the four No. 1 seeds to watch in this tournament. Squads like Valparaiso and Monmouth have real players that you need to watch for. If you don’t, they could wind up dominating the 2017 NIT bracket before you even know what happened. That’s the beauty of the NIT—even more so than the Big Dance, you never know what can happen.