Let's start with those teams who get knocked out of the NCAAs because of the auto bids that take their spots away - I think those teams get auto bids to the NIT. Then add teams that deserve to go because of their season records and their rankings. Sadly, SDSU does not come close on either measure.
I'm a fan, but the Aztecs are somewhere in or near the bottom half of 350 or so national teams.
Post by aztecnation76 on Mar 16, 2019 16:55:57 GMT -8
Nope. Too many bad losses, not enough quality wins and not a high enough NET ranking. The only tournaments that would consider them are the CBI and CIT. No thanks. Time to put this disappointing season in the rear view mirror unfortunately.
Post by guttersipe on Mar 16, 2019 23:54:27 GMT -8
This question illustrates the power of fan delusion. Our resume isn’t close to being NIT worthy. Unlike the NCAA tournament, the NIT doesn’t value games played in a three game tournament more than any other. There are two categories of teams in the NIT, automatic bids and at-large bids. All AB’s are regular season conference champions who failed to win their conference tournament. The remaining spots are allotted to ALB’s. ALB’s get in based mainly their NET ranking. So, participants are either judged by their dominance during conference play or by the entirety of their record. Bad teams have an easier path to the NCAA tournament than the NIT. The Aztecs have had a much better shot at the NCAA tournament for three years running.
The other tournaments are pay to play garbage fests. One only accepts teams from mid-major conferences, both are less than 15 years old, and neither possesses even a whiff of prestige:
•The College Basketball Invitational (CBI) is a men's college basketball tournament created in 2007 by The Gazelle Group. The inaugural tournament occurred after the conclusion of the 2007–08 men's college basketball regular season. The CBI selects 16 teams that are not selected for the NCAA Tournament or the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), and who are willing to pay a $50,000 entry fee to participate. In the CBI,  teams compete on home courts. The CBI is a single-elimination tournament until the final two teams are determined, after which the championship is determined by a championship series with a best-two-out-of-three format.
•The CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) is an American men's college basketball post-season tournament created in 2009 by Collegeinsider.com. In 2012, it expanded to 32 participating teams. In 2016 and 2017 the tournament featured 26 teams. The 2018 tournament had 20 teams. The Tournament is oriented toward mid-major and small schools who did not get selected for the NCAA or NIT tournaments.
Look at last year’s NIT field for reference. Teams ranked in the triple digits don’t get into the NIT. Teams that tied for fourth place in the 16th best conference don’t make the cut. This is a tournament designed specifically for bubble teams and regular season champions that get assed out by lesser teams winning conference tournaments. Power conference teams are always well represented.
Some conferences have truly awful teams, top to bottom. The highest ranked teams in the MEAC, MAAC, Northeast, and SWAC conferences are in the 200’s. Even without an upset, these, and other conferences like them, are displacing more deserving teams from competing in the NCAA tournament. The NIT will take those teams. Glancing at last year’s mid-major NIT at-large bid teams, you’ll notice that they sported RPI rankings in the 40’s and 50’s.. a single team was in the low 70s.