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If we don't win the Pac 12 tourney would we have a shot at an NIT invite? Seems like we'd be an interesting team to have in the field.
In the past, NIT teams were selected in consultation with ESPN, the television home of the NIT . The goal of the NIT was to sustain the MIBA financially. Therefore, schools selected to play in the NIT were often major conference teams with records near .500 that had large television fan bases and would likely have a respectable attendance for tournament games on their home court. The latter is one reason why New Mexico was invited virtually every year the Lobos had a winning season but failed to qualify for the NCAA tournament. Seeding considerations and home court advantage included the number of fans willing to show up to each game. In an effort to maintain some quality, a rule saying that a team must have a .500 record to qualify for the NIT was imposed. This prevented ESPN from suggesting major conference teams that finished at or very near the bottom of their conference standings but would likely garner good fan interest.
The NCAA announced a revamped selection process starting with the 2006 tournament. The main highlights are:
Teams are no longer required to have .500 or greater records to receive bids. Even with this change, however, all teams receiving invitations for the NIT have had .500 or greater records.
Similar to the automatic bids the NCAA Tournament grants for all conference tournament champions, all teams that won regular-season conference championships but failed to earn NCAA tournament bids are guaranteed places in the NIT.
I would love to see us in the NIT: I think we'd be pretty dangerous. And those kids deserve a tournament after the season they've had.
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There's a big chance of an NIT selection. SC's going to have to win a couple of games, but if they're right around .500, with their record in conference play, I could see them in the NIT.
Having the #11 strength of schedule shouldn't hurt either.
NCAA Basketball strength of schedule rpi rating page.
Awesome! An NIT tourney appearance is definitely something to build upon for next year!
nope, no NIT.
SC is gonna win the p12 tourney and get an automatic bid for the big dance!!
We've certainly got the depth...
Seriously. We can beat any team in the Pac, just depends on how they come out and start the game.
I did a little bit of research.
USC has received 4 NIT bids, the last one being in 1999. Hopefully we get #5 this year (assuming we don't steal a Pac-12 tourney title...)
USC has an overall record of 2-4 in the NIT.
1999: USC lost to Wyoming 77-81 (1st round)
1994: USC lost to Fresno State 76-79 (1st round)
1993: USC beat UNLV 90-73 (1st round); USC beat Pepperdine 71-59 (2nd round); USC lost to Minnesota 58-76 (Quarterfinals) (Minny ended up winning the NIT)
1973: USC lost to Notre Dame 65-69 (1st round)
I just looked back at that 99 season, what a crazy one. USC went 17-14, 9-9 in conference. After tearing off a seven game win streak, USC lost nine of their last thirteen. it was basically the opposite of this season.
# 10 according to your link.
Well, looks like no NIT tourney for our Trojans.
The Pac got 3 teams into the NIT though...
And an even bigger kick in the nuts, we didn't even make the CBI or CIT (although the CIT is geared more towards mid-majors)....
Kentucky must wish they hadn't been invited to the NIT. One and done with 1st round loss to Robert Morris. Ouch!
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