Earlier this week, a colleague of mine described those who fill out NIT brackets as "nerdy." So as I adjust my pocket protector, put my comic books away, and silence my talking Darth Vader bobblehead, I'll share my picks for the four Big Apple-bound teams in the 2010 National Invitation Tournament. (And sue me for being late in doing this. Last night's Seton Hall-Texas Tech game was a tipping point.)
* VIRGINIA TECH — One year after another, the Hokies seem to be among the chronically snubbed. This team went 10-6 in the ACC.
* UAB — Gotta go with C-USA when I can. And I happen to like Blazer coach Mike Davis; handles hecklers better than any other coach I've seen. And after the free-throw display late in the SEC championship game, I wouldn't back Mississippi State in the CBI, let alone the oldest postseason tournament in the sport.
* DAYTON — Would be nice to see C-USA's Tulsa emerge from this quadrant of the bracket, but unlikely. And furthermore, I pick against teams called the Flyers at my own peril.
* MEMPHIS — You're darn right. Most important variable to watch, starting tonight against St. John's: If Elliot Williams scores, the Tigers advance. If he's held in check . . . .