Monday, March 16, 2009

Tuesday N.I.T Turmoil

The bubbles have been busted, and Selection Sunday has came and gone. We know which teams snuck into March Madness, and we know which teams got snubbed. There are still a handful of quality basketball teams that could have been tournament teams, but sustained too much damage during conference play. This is the time that they get one final chance to prove that the 08-09 season wasn't a failure.

Tuesday features the first round of the National Invititational Tournament, the country's longest running postseason basketball tournament. The Trizzle will be taking over the N.I.T for the next few weeks, filling you in on all the scores and updates on the teams that got their bubbles busted.

Tuesday, March 17

- 7:00PM: #6 Rhode Island @ #3 Niagra

- 7:00PM: #6 Nebraska @ #3 New Mexico

- 7:00PM: #6 Davidson @ #3 South Carolina - ESPN2

- 8:00PM: #7 George Mason @ #2 Penn St.

- 9:00PM: # 7 UAB @ #2 Notre Dame - ESPN2

- 9:30PM: #5 UNLV @ #4 Kentucky - ESPN

- 10:00PM: #8 Weber St. @ #1 San Diego St.

- 11:00PM: #7 Washington St. @ #2 St. Mary's - ESPN2


Anonymous said...

im embarrassed to see my beloved kentucky wildcats playing in the not invited tournament, go back to texas gillespie if you cant take a team with two 1st team all-conferance players to the tournament when youre playing in the weak sec

tmachir said...

I was watching the game tonight, and I couldnt help but think "If Meeks, Patterson and Stevenson all come back to UK and are healthy, they will be a good team. A very good team"

I mean, I know its Kentucky, but you have to remeber its only Gillespie's second year at the helm. Realistically, its going to take a new coach atleast 2 years to reorganize and refocus the program (there are exceptions aka John Beilein at Michigan).

However you cant help but think "Texas A&M is in the tournament and so is Tubby Smith's Golden Gophers, maybe they did choose the wrong coach."

All in all, I think Kentucky has been a bust the past two seasons, but because of their status as an elite program, any seasons that are considered "sub-par" are scutinized more than most other teams.

Kentucky will be back, and I think Billy Gillespie will be too.