NIT Projections: Pitt Could Be No. 7 Seed

Mar 7, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers guard/forward Lamar Patterson (21) dribbles the ball against the Georgetown Hoyas during the second half of the second round of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden. Georgetown won 64-52. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

There wasn't any question of Pitt making the NCAA Tournament, but could the Panthers make the NIT?

The NCAA Tournament bracket is out, and unsurprisingly, Pitt isn't in it. The Panthers do, however, have a good shot at making the NIT, and the field for that tournament will be out later Sunday night.

In the meantime, NIT-ology guesses that Pitt will be a No. 7 seed, along with Stanford, George Mason and Bucknell. The Panthers are listed as a bubble team, but at this point, I'd be surprised if they didn't make it, despite a terrible Big East season.

Seton Hall (another Big East team, and one that was much closer to the March Madness bubble than Pitt was), Washington, Miami (FL) and Arizona are listed as potential No. 1 seeds.

Robert Morris is also listed as a bubble team, and with an RPI of 111, the Colonials might have a shot, but Long Island, which beat Robert Morris in the Northeast Conference Championship and had a superior conference record, is a No. 16 seed in the NCAA Tournament. My guess is that Robert Morris probably won't make it. But we'll know soon enough.

For more on Pitt basketball, check out Cardiac Hill.

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