So. Cal ReaderSpeak for yourself.Although EVERY fan
would prefer to be playing in the Big Dance, there's nothing wrong with
getting a little excited about playing and winning in the grand-daddy of all
post season college basketball tournaments.Playing in the NIT is
light years ahead of sitting home watching the post season from the comfort of
It was a great game against a fairly good team. Haws was spectacular and Davies
was a rock. He played really well against those UW bigs. And Carlino showed what
he's capable of.I'll take this NIT win. I did not expect
it, so much the better.
We'd love a BCS bowl win too. Without that, any bowl win is still pretty
good, and much better than a bowl loss or no bowl game at all. Same
things true in basketball. I think you can at least debate whether all 64 (68?
What is it up to now?) Big Dance participants are better than any of the NIT
participants. It beats being home and it beats being sent home. I
think someone on a previous article posited, "Would you rather win your
first NIT game or lose your first NCAA game?" Good question.
Come on. You mean any of us Cougs fans would have been satisfied and happy with
an NIT post-season win at the beginning of the season? No way. Who care we now
"notched" our 4th post-season tournament win. I believe the NCAA
Tournament is where we always want to be. I can't get too excited about the
poundwagonLots of hyperbole, but the truth is with conference
tournament automatic qualifiers, not even all of the Top 50 teams get into the
NCAA tourney - it may not be as good as a win in the Big Dance, but any post
season win is a good win.Ken Pomeroy, btw, ranks Mercer #118, one
spot ahead Utah and not far behind #113 Utah State.
I am a BYU fan. The only way an NIT victory should count in this day and age of
200 teams getting into the NCAA tourney is if they win at The Garden....and that
is stretching it.