New Mexico favorite 2012 Paradise Jam (Nov. 16-19): Top Bracket: Mercer vs. Mason; UIC vs. UNM; Bottom bracket: UConn-Wake; Iona-Quinnipiac
— Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) May 26, 2012
If Mason wins against Mercer it appears they will have a chance to play New Mexico, the best projected team in the field. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves like last year in the preseason NIT, when most thought it was a lock Mason would get to play Virginia Tech before that FIU game. Mercer is coming off a solid season in which they won the CIT championship, and they return four starters next year.
Much like last season an early loss in this tournament could greatly affect the Patriots’ RPI. Certainly I would think they have motivation this year to not miss another golden opportunity again.