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NIT Bracket 2012: UMass Lands No. 5 Seed

The full 32-team 2012 NIT Bracket is set, now that the field for the NCAA Tournament has been picked. The UMass Minutemen landed a 5-seed after going 22-11 this season. They missed out on an automatic tournament bid, losing to St. Bonaventure in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament semifinals.

The Minutemen will face the 4-seeded Mississippi State Bulldogs in the first round of the NIT. A win would potentially set up second-round matchup with the 1-seed Seton Hall Pirates.

The tournament's other 1-seeds include the Washington Huskies, Arizona Wildcats and Tennessee Volunteers. The Drexel Dragons, considered one of the biggest snubs from this year's pool of bubble teams, landed the No. 3 seed in the same side of the bracket as the Minutemen. Ole Miss landed the No. 2 seed.

You can check out the full 2012 NIT Tournament field here.

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