Ole Miss beat Virginia Tech tonight to become the third straight NIT #2 seed to knock off a #1 seed on its home floor — and in the process, the Rebels eliminated Josh Krause, Dan Port, Pat Caplin, Jeff Burch and Joey Perucki from any chance of winning the 4th annual Irish Trojan NIT Pool.
The pool is now down to a final three: defending champion Gary Kirby (”gahrie”), who attended USC from 1983-1987; Brian Dupuis (”DUP”), a 2004 LSU alum; and Chris Bravo (”cdbavg400″), a 2007 USC alum and current Arizona grad student.
Bravo needs Dayton to beat Ohio State in a game that’s still in progress. If the Flyers win tonight, Bravo will win the pool if UMass wins the NIT and the total number of points scored in the title game is 128 or less. On the other hand, if the Buckeyes win tonight, Bravo is eliminated. Meanwhile, regardless of tonight’s outcome, Dupuis will win the pool if Florida wins the NIT. And Kirby will repeat as pool champion in every other scenario (including the one where UMass wins a title game in which 129 or more points are scored).
I’ll post a full update tomorrow, but that’s where things stand in terms of the scenarios.