2012 NIT Tournament Bracket Features Strong Teams


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Winning the regular season of a power conference isn't enough to get you into a tournament these days, as Washington is on the outside looking in, despite being Pac-12 champions. Instead, they're the #1 seed of a NIT bracket that features some staunch competition. Considering the amount of bubble bursting that took place over the weekend, this might be one of the strongest NIT brackets we've seen in quite some time.

The Pac-12 looks to be the darling of the NIT, featuring four teams: Washington, Arizona, Oregon, and Stanford.Washington collapsed near the end of the regular season, leading to an early exit in the Pac-12 tournament.

Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said this of the NCAA snub, "We had control of the situation and we lost it"

You can find a full NIT bracket here, or take a look at the preview below.

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Unfortunately, the NIT is viewed as the "Not In Tournament" tournament. An idea which is on full display within the world of Twitter...

Kentucky named top overall seed in NCAA Tournament. Charlotte Bobcats expected to miss the NIT.(image) 23 hours ago via HootSuite ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

I've never been the first in anything but I've decided to change that and be the first person to fill out an NIT bracket @NOTsportscenter(image) 7 minutes ago via Twitter for Android ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Just saw a bunch of hipsters filling out their NIT brackets.(image) 5 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

How lowly is #Illini basketball rt now? Players vote to turn down NIT bid. Then they're told that's not allowed. Then NIT rejects them.(image) 6 hours ago via TweetDeck ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Who wants to join my NIT bracket pool? My team name will be "32 Teams Better Than Iona."(image) 22 hours ago via TweetDeck ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto