Colorado, Virginia Tech, Boston College & Alabama Receive Top Seeds in NIT Bracket

By Paul Seaver (TheArenaPulse)

If you are still searching for the likes of Colorado and/or Virginia Tech on your NCAA Tournament bracket, I think you are out of luck.

The most notable snubs from this year’s NCAA Tournament are two of the top four seeded teams in the NIT.

Virginia and Colorado are joined by Boston College and Alabama as the regional hosts of the 2011 NIT Tournament.

The bracket has been broken down into 32 teams from across the nation, ranging from power conference snubs to top-seeded mid-majors who came up just short of earning an automatic bid.

As each team deals with the rejection or the opportunity to continue playing basketball this postseason, the march to New York City in college basketball’s “other” postseason tournament will begin on Tuesday night.

Top Seeds:
No. 1- Virginia Tech
No. 1- Colorado
No. 1- Alabama
No. 1- Boston College

Alabama Region:
No. 1- Alabama
No. 2- Miami (FL)
No. 3- Missouri State
No. 4- New Mexico
No. 5- UTEP
No. 6- Murray State
No. 7- Florida Atlantic
No. 8- Coastal Carolina

Colorado Region:
No. 1- Colorado
No. 2- St. Mary’s
No. 3- Colorado State
No. 4- California
No. 5- Ole Miss
No. 6- Fairfield
No. 7- Kent State
No. 8- Texas Southern

Boston College Region:
No. 1- Boston College
No. 2- Washington State
No. 3- Oklahoma State
No. 4- Northwestern
No. 5- UW-Milwaukee
No. 6- Harvard
No. 7- Long Beach State
No. 8- McNeese State

Virginia Tech Region:
No. 1- Virginia Tech
No. 2- Cleveland State
No. 3- Dayton
No. 4- Wichita State
No. 5- Nebraska
No. 6- College of Charleston
No. 7- Vermont
No. 8- Bethune-Cookman

The bracket is spread out between the four regions with Alabama and Colorado sharing a side, while Boston College and Virginia Tech are split on the opposite side.

First round match-ups will take place on March 15th and 16th with the winners advancing to play in the second round on March 18-21. The NIT Quarterfinal round will take place on March 22nd and 23rd with trips to Madison Square Garden and the NIT semifinals on the line.

The NIT semifinal round will take place on March 29th with a champion being crowned on March 31st. The championship game will tip off at 7:00pm ET.

Dayton, a 3-seed in this year’s bracket, is the defending NIT Champions.

For a full view of the 2011 NIT Tournament bracket, click here.

We’re not in the tournament. We have to deal with it and move on. We have to make a statement in the NIT.” -Tad Boyle, Colorado head coach

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