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THE NATIONAL INVITATION TOURNAMENT IS EXTREMELY GOOD

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THE HOOSIERS WOULD BE HONORED TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS TOURNAMENT, THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS AND EXCLUSIVE OF THE POSTSEASON BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS

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Look at you, wallowing in misery because the Hoosiers aren't going to the NCAA Tournament. You've probably started talking yourself into them making a run in the Big Ten Tournament, capturing that elusive auto-bid, and getting to play in Dayton on a dang Tuesday.

Have you ever wondered why you would pine so badly for the Big Dance? Year-in and year-out it demands you jump through all these hoops, like "win games" and "don't lose to Fort Wayne", AND FOR WHAT? A dice roll's chance at a trophy? Give me a break. You deserve better than that

YOU DESERVE THE NIT.

THE NIT IS A GREAT PLACE. A JUDGMENT-FREE ZONE. THE PLANET FITNESS OF POSTSEASON TOURNAMENTS. IF YOU EXERT TOO MUCH EFFORT IN A GAME YOU GET A TECHNICAL. TOWEL OFF AT THE NEXT TIME OUT, SON. IF ONE OF THOSE SWEAT BEADS DRIPS OFF YOUR TEMPLE YOU'RE OUT OF HERE.

JUST SEE WHAT ALL THE FOLKS ARE SAYING:

"... the most prestigious post-season showcase for college basketball." - Wikipedia

"We're already here, we might as well play." - Devan Downey, South Carolina

"It's still a lot of fun." - Alex Loughton, Old Dominion

IT'S. STILL. A LOT. OF. FUN.

CHECK THE PROS AND CONS!

PROS CONS

Less teams than the NCAA Tournament, ergo more exclusive.

Probably gonna lose at home in the first round.

Airs on the ESPN family of networks, ergo no commercials for 'Impractical Jokers'

Last couple of games are in NYC, ergo Indiana can get accustomed to the arena that will literally and unironically host the 2018 Big Ten Tournament.

Winner is often referred to as the "69th best team in America."

THE SCIENCE IS SETTLED. ALL HAIL THE TRUE KING OF COLLEGE BASKETBALL- THE NIT.

NIT BRACKETOLOGY UPDATE 3/1:

Indiana is in good shape for a bid! The good folks over at NYC Buckets current project Indiana as a 4-seed which would be the last seed line guaranteed to host a game. I wouldn't imagine they'd drop down after losing on the road to Purdue and, regardless, they have two winnable games left to either move up a line or fall out of the dang bracket altogether.

Over at the NIT Bracket Project, they like Indiana's chances even better, currently projecting them as a 2-seed, but that was prior to last night's game.

NIT BRACKET CHALLENGE:

I made this offer back when I first started here in 2014 and I'll do it again now: if Indiana makes the NIT I will be hosting a bracket challenge with a legitimate prize that I'll determine in the next couple of weeks.