One could probably see this coming after the NCAA took over the NIT and cut the number of teams from 40 to 32. The Post reports that there will be a separate 16-team postseason event. I wonder whether there will be competition for teams between this tourney and the NIT.
I have always wanted to know who the 98th best team in the country was.
I would love to hear the official explanation of this tournament. Fan interest, it seems, will be terribly slim, tempering the usual "$$$" rationale.
Why, oh why do we need this?
Are we sure this didn't come from The Onion?
You must spread some comments around before flaming the Moderators again.
If they added elements such as those, I'd watch it.
If you want a good idea, have a 16 team -- or maybe just 8 teams -- tourney that is done with the teams that lose in the first and second rounds of the NCAA tourney. All those clubs that got upset but have high profile players and programs would jump at this.
It would sorta be like a "losers bracket" for the NCAA tourney. That is a great ide!!
--Jason "hmmm, maybe I need to look into this" Evans
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This was even before my time but back in the early days of the NIT, it was viewed as a great opportunity to play at Madison Square Garden and I seem to recall reading that it was scheduled before the NCAA and that it was common for teams to play in both the NIT and NCAA.
The proposed 16-team tourney seems like a bad idea to me but I could see them competing against the NIT for teams.