THE ODDS: Virginia is the top overall seed, but Villanova is the favorite to win the national title. What will they be seeded? They will no longer need to wait an hour to find out which bubble teams made the dance.
For the third time in four years, the NIT is running with experimental rule changes, some of which are drastic.
"Each year presents different opportunities and challenges", Bennett said. "I don't see one consistent issue. The only thing that was consistent was tough matchups".
Purdue (28-6) is the No. 2 seed and plays 15th-seeded Cal State Fullerton. The Tigers would play the victor of Wichita State and Vermont. The committee said Syracuse was the last team in the tournament. They won four of those seven, two at home and two away from home. "I want them to enjoy it", Odom said.
Bennett declined to say if he thought it was unfair for the committee to build a seemingly hard region around the No. 1 overall seed.
In the 4-13 matchup, it's Marshall. The Musketeers' loss to Providence on Friday evening in the Big East Tournament semifinals coupled with Duke winning the ACC Tournament could've endangered their No. 1 seed. Marshall was an assistant at Marshall - or was it Marshall employed Marshall as an assistant? - from 1996 to 1998.
How does Marshall (the coach) feel about the showdown?
One of the most common activities surrounding the tournament is filling out a bracket to secure your guesses for who will win each game.
3 seed in the Midwest Region and will play No. 14 seed Bucknell in the first round at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. Both of those games came back in December. However, look for fourth-seeded Gonzaga to get through and make an appearance in San Antonio for the championship weekend. Indeed, at least one squad with a sub-.500 record in its league has received an at-large bid in five of the last six seasons.
Avery Johnson coached the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA Finals.
It continues to be hard for mid-major conferences to place their teams. It would have been a treat to watch Jock Landale play in the NCAA Tournament, but it's hard to think St. Mary's has much to complain about. The Hokies are on a bit of a slide, having lost three of their last four.