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Seton Hall wasn't that close to making 2014 NIT

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Jim McIsaac

St. John's (1 seed) and Georgetown (4 seed) were selected to play in the 2014 NIT Sunday night while Marquette and Seton Hall missed out. There was some NIT discussion pre and post-Providence from Seton Hall fans while I figured it was near impossible for the Pirates to make the NIT even with a win over Providence.

Here is how the Hall and Marquette match up with a handful of teams that just missed playing in the NIT. I classify bad losses as being sub-150 schools (Seton Hall lost to Butler twice, who are No. 150).

NIT bubble OUT

Record

vs. Top-50

vs. Top-100

RPI

SOS

OOC SOS

BL

Maryland

17-15 (9-9)

2-9

5-15

78

10

13

0

Richmond

19-14 (8-8)

3-9

7-11

75

58

85

2

UW

17-15 (9-9)

4-7

7-11

104

65

188

2

Marq.

17-15 (9-9)

3-12

5-14

92

56

166

1

Indiana

17-15 (7-11)

3-9

5-11

102

57

219

0

MTSU

24-9 (13-3)

1-2

2-7

64

125

110

1

Miami FL

17-16 (8-11)

2-7

5-12

110

92

198

4

SHU

17-17 (6-12)

4-7

6-12

128

93

314

5/3

Ohio

23-11 (11-7)

1-3

4-7

87

124

128

3

Boise St

21-13 (9-9)

1-6

2-7

82

81

71

1

UTEP

23-10 (12-4)

1-3

3-7

103

139

125

1

St Bona

18-15 (6-10)

2-6

8-10

89

72

184

3

I ranked the schools in rough order of how I think they missed playing in the NIT. I didn't compare with the schools that did make the field as at-larges, but I find it hard to believe that Maryland failed to receive a bid.

Seton Hall holds advantages in top-50 and top-100 wins over most of the other schools that made the above list, but the Pirates by far have the highest RPI and non-conference strength of schedule. This begs the question of how close Seton Hall would have been to making the NIT if they didn't lose at home to Fairleigh Dickinson (269) and Saint Peter's (231). If the Hall had a 19-15 record, an RPI much closer to (if not within) 100, and two less bad losses, perhaps they would be still playing.

Stay tuned for a complete non-conference schedule review and a look ahead toward Seton Hall's 2014-15 schedule early this week.