Discussion in 'Colorado Basketball Message Board' started by cnbuff410, Feb 26, 2011.
Before today's results, we were projected as a 4 seed in the NIT with Nebraska as a 2 seed. If the season ended right now, we'd likely be at least a 2 seed. (1s and 2s get two home games assuming a 1st round win, so we really want to be there if we end up missing he NCAA tourney.)
Yes, we would receive an NIT bid. I'll get bombed for this, but......it would probably benefit the team more to go there vice The Dance. I'm just not sold that we win any games in the ncaa tourney. In the NIT, I think they could go a long way. Lots of extra court time and practice, especially for the players who won't leave after this year.
Would I like to see the team win several more games and get invited to the ncaa tourney? Sure, absolutely. I just won't be heartbroken if that doesn't happen.
From a recruiting standpoint a trip to the NCAA tourney would mean a lot more as well as from a financial standpoint.
Looking at it from a program development angle though you may be completely correct. If the Buffs get a bid to the big dance they will be a medium low seed, ahead of only those schools from the minor conferences that are only in because of an automatic bid. This means a fairly tough matchup in the first round followed by a likely game against a 1-3 seed if they win that game and a quick trip home either way.
On the other hand there is some history of teams making runs in the NIT then returning the following year to have success in the NCAAs. The extra practice time, the tourney atmosphere, and the experience of winning in a win or go home situation prepares them for future success.
Based on where we were a few years ago under Ricardo and even where we were last year under Buzz and with the injury to Harris-Trunks, I am going to be happy with either result and enjoy what we get.
We're replacing 4 scholarship seniors in the next recruiting class. Being able to sell us as an NCAA tourney team would help so much on the recruiting trail. We need the 2012 group to be special.
speaking of replacing players you see Adams tweet on Dinwide (sp)? 20-6-7 for his team in their last win.
Not only did I see it, I was considering starting a thread with the full article: http://www.wavenewspapers.com/sports/Taft-routs-Palisades-in-semifinals-116985733.html
This will do, though.
Looking way ahead here...Denver is a host city for the tourney this year. If we were too make it, any chance we get play there or does the committe try and prevent lower-seeded teams from playing close to home.
The committee generally tries to keep the higher seeds (top 4 seeds) as close to home as possible. I highly doubt they would put CU in Denver when we'll be somewhere in the 10-12 range as far as our seeding goes.
Well it looks like Cory and Dre want to go dancing. Caught them Dougie'ing after the win last night....
My fear with the NIT is that if we continue to maintain our bubble status and still end up getting shutout of the Big Dance, we will end up having a letdown in the NIT...this happened to us a few years ago when we got left out of the Dance, and ended up hosting Old Dominion in the first round of the NIT - they pasted us pretty good at the CEC - I think we lost by somewhere in the 15-20 point range...
I don't worry as much about this with Tad. This team seems to be pretty focused and he has their attention. This team is not comparatively as talented as some prior Buff squads, even with the two wings, but they get the most out of what they have.
happened against Oregon one year as well. we miss the NCAA and underwhelm in the NIT.
I will be fine with a NIT appearance. That translates into extra practices for the returning players and we will need that in a big way for next season since we will be playing very few familiar teams. Only CSU and Oregon State are teams we are familiar with for next season as far as I know. We MUST make a tourney this year for sure.
exactly...we also lost to Oregon in '04 in a tough game.
I just disagree with the NIT over NCAA comments, as I'm sure most people do.
...okay - I just realized that Mick brought up the Oregon game...
If I remember right about that Oregon game, we were on the road and I believe we took them to OT...not quite the same circumstances as getting blown out at home by a mid-major...
fair enough. 77-72 Ducks in OT. Luke Jackson scores 40 (!). shoots 16 ft's, commits zero personal fouls himself....hmmm.
Yeah, but the Buffs also blew an 18 point halftime lead as well. issed:
Different set of circumstances. They got off to a good start in conference that year, then fell flat on their face come mid-February and never really recovered. Ricardo did his best to kill any momentum the team had that year. From the players to the coaches, this year's team has a lot more character than that.
Isn't the NIT a money loser? It seems to me that I've heard the cost of going to the NIT is more than you earn.
Depends on the circumstances. If you host and lose in the first round, you usually lose a lot of money, because then you have a second round game that no one buys tickets for. Part of the NIT hosting bid is guarenteeing ticket sales. The small conference schools that host also end up losing money too, because they typically have to guarentee more ticket sales then their gyms hold. If we hosted and took care of business in the first round, we'd probably make money.
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