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Yes, it stinks to be in the NIT. However, it's getting pretty annoying reading the constant shitting on the tourney as if it means absolutely nothing. We had reasonable posters on here last night essentially saying it was more important to get James Padgett some run than actually trying to win the game. (Padgett by the way would have been a turnover waiting to happen against that zone and would not have helped us win the game which is the most important thing in my mind).
winning the NIT would be huge for us if for no other reason than preseason rankings next year. Being ranked IS important and if we were to win the NIT and lose only Len, Padge and Logan while adding Evan, Roddy, and Dodd along with a more seasoned group of freshmen and sophomores we could wind up being ranked top 15. We win the Caribbean tourney and we could lock our spot in the top 25 pretty much all year even if when we lose an occasional game. Also, Turges point about getting the feeling of hoisting trophies is legit. Winning breeds winning. Its BS to suggest the team won't rightfully feel a sense of accomplishment and confidence going into next year after winning the NIT.
I have no issue with MT keeping a rotation in that was working, but dont make it sound as if Padge has cost us a game this yr or would have last night. That's horseshit!
Furthermore, while I love MT, and expect he will have alot of success here, he has opened himself up to these types of posts & criticism because he has played 10 deep all year, and then when tourney times comes benches Padge. Now that the facts are out that he asked padge, and he declined, it is a non-issue.
This is the best reason I've heard for winning the NIT. I don't know if you are right or not but it sounds good.
You know what's crazy, we could get 27 wins with year.
I couldn't agree with this post more, on all points.
The NIT is never the goal but this doesn't feel like a "bad" NIT because we're on the upswing. A good showing here would be great for our confidence, help our perception next year, and yeah--lifting trophines/being a "winner" is definitely important.
People need to stop hating. There are some name brand schools in the NIT this year. I know UK lost but thats their fault. There's Providence, Arizona St., Baylor, FSU, BYU, Washington, Tennessee, Alabama, Stanford, UVA, St. Joes, ST Johns, Iowa, and UMass. Thats not a bad list.
I agree with the OP, these kids need to learn how to win and this tourney would be their biggest win all year (outside of Duke).
I say this too...maybe it's because of my own perception that we are on this kind of upswing this year, but I really do think this year's NIT field is way better than it has been other years.
It could be a function of the fact that all of college basketball was incredibly unpredictable this year and there were around 30-40 teams that it seemed like had a legitimate chance to beat each other every night. Heck--we beat #1 RPI Duke twice and were in it against Miami until the very end on the road.
The NIT has some pretty solid teams in it overall. UVA is definitely good when they are on. We can be very good. Kentucky has had its moments. Those SEC teams have all shown flashes.
I agree!! I love this NIT field. Its stocked with teams who have performed well over the years and just ran into some bad luck be it with the RPI or tough losses.
One thing I am worried about is that over the years, the amount of mid-major teams in the NCAA Tourney has picked up dramatically. I do remember a while back that there were some people who believed that the NCAA selection committee was being unfair to mid-major schools with the number of teams that were allowed to participate. Could this new influx of mid-majors be changing the scope of the NCAA tournament for good? If so, does this mean that it makes it that much harder for schools in the big 6 conferences to get in in the future?
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As far back as ESPN's rankings go, no NIT champion has ever started the next season ranked.
Extra practice cannot be anything but good for this team. It's also the downside of football not making bowl games.
If nothing else, payback against UVA and possibly FSU would be nice...
Gonna be hard to get revenge on FSU since they lost to Louisiana Tech last night
I don't know if winning the NIT helps with next season's rankings or not, but 100% agree on the importance of playing well in this tourney for this team. The value of the experience gained cannot be understated. Hope to see a lot of people at Comcast on Thursday!!!
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