Tom Shatel came on the show this week and said that Nebraska had a good chance to host an NIT game. From the people I talked to and the projections had NU as a low seed, "on the bubble" if you would. That obviously wasn't the case and now Nebraska will host a game against Charlotte out of the A-10 as a 3 seed. To me - way too high but the NCAA is in love with the power conferences in the NCAA - so why should the NIT be any different. 8 Teams from the Big 12 in the post season...9 from the Big East.
Nebraska gets a tougher first game than Creighton does but they get an easier 2nd round game than CU if they advance. Ole Miss out of the SEC is a up and coming team but they wanted to be in the NCAA's...not the NIT. The SEC as a whole was very down this year (see Georgia winning the conference tourney after having 4 wins all year) and Ole Miss will be beatable if NU gets past Charlotte (A-10 team which beat UMass to send them into the NIT as a 2 seed - I'm not a fan of them!).
Creighton gets an easier first round game as they get to see Rhode Island - a team that is on a downward spiral out of the A-10. To be honest, I hate URI. I'm a UMass kid...we hate the Rams! At one point, URI was headed to the NCAA's but they fell apart down the stretch due to poor play and injuries. If the Jays get past the Rams, they get to go to....FLORIDA! Defending National Champions!! Not an easy match up at all for Dana Altman's club! It would be interesting to see how the people in Gainsville would view an NIT match up with CU since they beat them in the NCAA's the last time they met.
However, this is great for the Jays and Nebraska. They both get home games against teams that probably wouldn't ever come to the state and then they get to go on the road to face BCS schools out of the SEC. To get to New York, Nebraska will have to face an ANGRY VTech team in Blacksburg. For the Jays, it's maybe a rematch with the boys from CARBONDALE! or a trip to Tempe. Never easy to win on the road, especially in the postseason. We can pull for upsets but 3 seeds normally don't get to play 7 seeds.
NIT Game on...let's see how the team's do....I think they both are out in Round 2.