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02-29-2004, 12:24 AM
With a first round loss in the CAA's does Drexel still get a NIT game?
02-29-2004, 12:49 AM
no, most of the NIT bids have gone to the loser of the CAA championship game, plus a loss to UNCW/JMU would devalue the excellent conference play this year
02-29-2004, 12:54 AM
Probably would depend a lot on what happens in the other quarterfinals. If Mason goes down, it would help Drexel's chances a lot more. I wouldn't bet on it though.
Mason got an NIT bid two years ago after losing to the 10 seed in the first round. But this is a 2 NIT bid league at the most, and I don't think that 18 wins would be enough. A loss in the semifinals would probably get them in, and a loss in the championship game would almost definitely get them in.
02-29-2004, 04:05 AM
Don't bet on anything. If you ask me, we (VCU) have been screwed twice by the NIT.
Whatever happens, make sure you AD calls the NIT.....or better yet sends the NIT some tough, durable, double stick tape so your University card doesn't come off the board. Two years ago those twerps somehow pulled our name down/or it fell off their board on their final night of tallying the teams.
That said, if things go according to plan in the tournament the CAA could have 3 teams with 20 wins a piece. We are a top 3 mid major conference and all three deserve a post season appearance if things play our accordingly in the tournament.
But if you guys loss your first game I doubt you will get a bid. Even a semi final loss may be very dicy. Just remember that the NIT is ALL about money and there will still be a slew of totally crappy "major" teams that can/will fill their arenas....and that is just about all the NIT cares about. The tend to give the MM tourney losser a place just so they save a little face and make it look like they are bringing in the best of the rest to play in their tourney.
With 3 teams with RPI's under 100 we all should get an appearance regardless of what happens.
02-29-2004, 10:52 AM
I'd say no, but I also think that the CAA deserves 2 NIT bids....
02-29-2004, 11:24 AM
Drexel has been a good team and shown skill and talent. Hiwever, if they lose in the first round to either a far less superior UNCW or JMU team, then that will serve as a red flag to the selection commitee that the Dragons cannot perform in the crunch.
-- See u in Richmond
02-29-2004, 06:23 PM
To be honest, I think we're only playin in the NIT if we lose in the finals, an exit any earlier than that and I won't get to see my boys play again til next season.
02-29-2004, 07:48 PM
Exactly, HH. Until proven otherwise, this is a 1-bit NIT league.
02-29-2004, 07:55 PM
according to 2002, even an appearance in the finals wont get you in the NIT...but I think Drexel needs to get at least to the semis to even have a look from anyone from the selection committee...the other teams in the Philly/ Pa area also have an effect on whether you all get in (as regional matchups will bring in more people and thus more $$$$)...same rules apply to anyone else in the CAA
03-09-2004, 03:53 AM
Remember this one????
03-09-2004, 04:15 AM
The bad thing for the Dragons?
Their only ticket as of now to the NIT would be through Philly schools......
Problem? Drexel has played both Temple and Penn already this season. The NIT traditionally does not like to repeat RS games in the first round of their tournament (unless it was like a 3OT, loss by 1, rematch). That leaves Villanova, who has finished it's RS 13-14. With a win vs. Seton Hall (who is a dark horse to get a bid), the Wildcats may get into the NIT - matched up with Drexel......
We shall see. This will be a nice week of basketball......
03-09-2004, 08:31 AM
I think DU and ODU get shut out, GMU gets the NIT.
03-09-2004, 09:09 AM
I agree. Our RPI is too high for the committee to include us.
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