If you're going to accept invitations to these pay-to-play, unnecessary post-season so-called tournaments, you better win or you look bad.
Eighty-one schools made it to the legit tournaments. Don't lose to Nevada Tuesday night, Miners.
Don't say there are a lot of good basketball teams out there. Really, there are perhaps 50 real good teams. Everybody else is just the bread crumbs in the meat loaf.
But I can see why UTEP accepted the invite. Coaches don't like to tell their players "no, you can't play anymore."(Well, New Mexico State did for the second year in a row.?
I don't blame the schools. I blame the NCAA for allowing this over saturation. Stop diluting the real March Madness. Even the NIT has no real business playing along side the schools that played well enough to merit the 64-team NCAA (plus the play-in game to make it 65.