IL men's basketball selected as No. 2 seed in NIT Tournament

This is the fourth postseason appearance in seven years under coach Leon Rice.

Georgia last reached the NCAA tournament in 2015. Notable examples this season are the Belmont Bruins from the Ohio Valley Conference, the Oakland Golden Grizzlies from the Horizon League, and the Monmouth Hawks of the MAAC. The Redbirds were hoping their historic season - in which they set a school record for wins plus a program-best 17-1 record in the MVC to gain a share of the regular-season title - was good enough to gain an NCAA tourney at-large spot. David Collette averages 13.6 points per game and Lorenzo Bonam is third for Utah with 12.7 points per game.

With that being the case, here are some thoughts on a few of the bubble teams whose NCAA tournament fates were determined Sunday evening. The NIT semifinals and finals are March 28 and 30 at Madison Sqaure Garden in NY. All games are televised on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.

Two other Big Ten teams - Iowa and IL - also received NIT bids. With their best non-conference win being in-state rival Iowa State, the Hawkeyes did not have another Top 100 non-conference victory, and three of their wins came against teams ranked 300th or worse.

Should the Buckeyes fail to earn a top four seed in the NIT, they'll be on the road, with opening round games being played on campus sites. Check back to BlueTurfSports.com for reaction from the Broncos.

  • Julie Sanders