Evaluating Arkansas' Postseason Possibilities: NIT, CBI Could Still Be In Play For Razorbacks

by Chris Bahn  on Monday, Mar. 5, 2012 4:30 pm  

Arkansas guard Rickey Scott and the rest of the Razorbacks are fighting for postseason consideration. While the NCAA Tournament is a longshot, the NIT or CBI appear to be possibilities. (Photo by Mark Wagner)

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

Making the NCAA Tournament field is almost entirely out of the question for Arkansas at this point.

Currently, the team’s only hope at making the field of 68 is to win the SEC Tournament. Assuming the ninth-seeded Razorbacks (18-13) get past No. 8 seed LSU on Thursday, they’d have top seed and overall No. 1 team in the country, Kentucky, up next.

So, the chances of winning the SEC are, to put it kindly, slim.

Assuming the matchup with the Wildcats is a loss, doesn’t mean you have to assume the Arkansas season is over.

There are some other posteason opportunities out there if the Razorbacks are interested.

Even with an RPI at No. 99, this team could be attractive for the 32-team NIT field, according to MrSEC.com. In exploring postseason possibilities for the SEC, that site says NIT selection committee member Don DeVoe believes LSU and Arkansas will “receive strong consideration for bids.”

That, of course, makes Thursday’s noon game against the Tigers critical for Arkansas to win. It could only enhance the Razorbacks chances of getting picked for the NIT.

Teams are selected for the NIT on a variety of criteria, including: “computer rankings, head-to-head results, chronological results, Division I results, non-conference results, home and away results, rankings, polls and the NABC regional advisory committee rankings.”

A win against LSU and a good showing against the Wildcats might help strengthen the Razorbacks’ resume.

Prior to Saturday's loss at Mississippi State, the Bracket Project blog had Arkansas in as a No. 4 seed in the NIT.

An athletic department spokesman confirms the school has submitted a NIT bid.

Suppose the NIT passes on Arkansas, then what? Arkansas prepares for the offseason?

Not necessarily.



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