Despite the mounting evidence that BC would be left out, I held out hope that we would sneak into the NCAA Tournament. It was not to be. The ACC as a whole was snubbed with Virginia Tech also getting left out and Clemsom being forced into the play-in game. Where did things go wrong? Yale and URI hurt. Losing to Miami twice hurt. BC was also impacted by some things out of our control: like Cal, UMass, South Carolina and Indiana having down years. Those games could have been nice "resume" wins, but none really impressed.
While we whined, the team had the right perspective -- the team "got what they deserved." It looks like Donahue will use this as motivation for this postseason and for the years ahead.
The consolation, BC did earn the No. 1 seed in the NIT. If we advance will face the winner of Northwestern and UM-Milwaukee. Of course because this is BC and it is never that simple, BC will be on the road at McNeese State for the opener of the NIT. I am still waiting on official word as to why BC is traveling, but I imagine the excuse will be related to conflicts at Conte.
I never want to take anyone lightly, but McNeese State hasn't accomplished much. They lost to Washington and Miami in their only real tests. Their strength of schedule is terrible. They are not a good defensive team and they don't have much size. If we come to play, this shouldn't be close.
Our game will be on ESPNU Tuesday night. While it is not where I want to be, a BC game on TV is better than no BC game on TV.
The NIT is such an afterthought these days, but I hope we take this seriously. If BC wants to make a statement, if Donahue wants to show that he can put multiple good games together and if the seniors want to go out with their heads high, then they will go win the NIT. Ever to excel and get to the Garden!