Does anyone actually care about the NIT?
I know I don’t. And I doubt many others do.
Sure, coaches will ramble to the media (what little actually bothers to cover the tournament) about how important this time is for their team and how it will help with recruits (those recruits who want to go to a school that plays in the NIT, I guess), but the allure to the loser’s choice tournament is just gone.
I remember when I was growing up and the NIT was still a pretty big deal. Now, though, it is on channels I don’t get (I get TruTV, but not ESPNU — figure that one out), held in arenas partially filled with fans who only kind of care and did I mention it is only loosely covered by the media, so it isn’t very easy to find out what actually happened.
Anyway, I bring all this up because if Washington State keeps winning, I’m sure a bunch of yahoo Wazzu grads are going to try and pretend that it is important (I hope the Cougs win it all and then defend their “title” in the CBI, or whatever its called, next year).
At the end of the day though, Bucknell’s 29-point demolition at the hands of Connecticut on Thursday is more impressive and more rewarding for its fans than winning some NIT games.
Signed, a former Washington State fan (had to give it up when I became a sports writer and moved to Washington) who has better things to do than watch the NIT (like watch the NCAA tournament and spring training and the Sounders and paint dry).