The 2008 Cuse Country NIT Bracket Challenge is here!

bracketLadies and gentlemen, the 2nd annual Cuse Country NIT Bracket Challenge begins now. It is FREE to enter and whoever earns the most points with his/her picks will win one of several fabulous prizes. There will be (slightly less fabulous but still pretty awesome) prizes for the 2nd- and 3rd-place finishers as well.

Here’s all you need to do:

  1. Download a super-official CCNITBC bracket here. The bracket is in MS Word format. You will need to be able to access this file in order to participate.
  2. Type your picks in the appropriate spaces, and type a nickname for yourself in the space that says “your nickname here”. (We will use this nickname to refer to you in the public standings list.)
  3. Send an email to with your bracket as an attachment.
  4. Check this space for updates and a prize list as the Tournament progresses.


We will score the bracket as follows:bracket

  • First round: 2 points
  • Second round: 3 points
  • Third round: 5 points
  • Semifinals: 9 points
  • Finals (i.e. picking the champion): 16 points

  • Some details

    • When making your choices in the final four, remember that one semifinal pits two teams from the left-hand side of the page against each other, and the other semifinal is from the two right-hand chunks of the bracket. There was some confusion about this last year. Our bracket’s format doesn’t make the semifinal matchups particularly clear, but it’s the best we can do with limited computer ability. Take a peek at the official bracket from if you are confused.
    • All brackets must be received by 7pm on Tuesday March 18 in order to be eligible for prizes.
    • Employees or agents of, as well as their relatives, friends, and members of their households, are totally allowed to participate in this contest.
    • In the event of a dispute, all parties will be advised to chill the fuck out.

    So, get those brackets in! Email us at if you have any questions. Otherwise, happy pickin’!


    1. Posted March 17, 2008 at 11:58 am | Permalink

      This is going to be very easy for you guys to score. Basically every SYracuse fan will pick SU to win and if they get bounced in like the second round, you’ll be able to throw 90% of the brackets out.

    2. Posted March 17, 2008 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

      That’s basically what happened last year — most of the prizes were won by random fans of Clemson & WVU who found us from across the internets somehow.

      I’m actually concerned about the potential 2nd-round matchup with UMD, if only because of the shit I would have to take from everyone around here in the DC/MD area. Once your team is in the NIT, you don’t really want to have to actually care about whether they win or not.

    3. Adam G
      Posted March 17, 2008 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

      Hey, i’m Adam

    4. Posted March 17, 2008 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

      Hey there Adam


    5. Posted March 17, 2008 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

      I made my bracket an SU revenge tour. We get through UMass, Rhode Island and Ohio State to carry on the tradition of Big East NIT Champions.

    6. Posted March 17, 2008 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for pointing me in the right direction. Ended up finding the new site and made sure to put a link up at OCT.

    7. Kelly Jerome
      Posted March 18, 2008 at 11:10 am | Permalink

      Well lemme tell you, I live in South Carolina and I am a Clemson fan as long as they don’t play Syracuse so I called into a local sports show and predicted not only would the ‘Cuse beat them Tigers but whoop ‘em……….Every time I call in now, they suuuuuure do remind me of last year!!!!

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