BYU Basketball Can Thank Georgia Bulldogs For 2018 NIT Bid
BYU benefits from Georgia Bulldogs turning down an opportunity to play in NIT.
There’s a chance that you didn’t know the NIT awarded automatic bids. BYU fans probably know this factoid for the 32-team NIT field as the Cougars are entering their third consecutive year in the National Invitation Tournament. Because of those automatic bids, and the quality of teams that didn’t make the NCAA Tournament, BYU had to sweat it out for a chance to play in the NIT, and they barely snuck in as the last at-large team in the 2018 NIT field.
How do you figure? BYU received a six-seed and was the only six-seed that was an at-large. The other six-seeds were automatic qualifiers as they won their regular season conference titles. The seven-seeds and the eight-seeds were also automatic qualifiers into the 2018 NIT.
BYU was the last team into the NIT field. I don’t think many Cougar fans realized how close they were to miss out on the second-best post-season tournament.
Now that they know, they should send a thank you to the Georgia Bulldogs.
Georgia, who finished the 2017-18 season with an 18-15 record and a higher KenPom ranking than BYU, and also had a win over Saint Mary’s on their resume, opted to forfeit the possibility of playing in the NIT in the aftermath of their head coach Mark Fox being fired after his ninth season in Athens.
Dang millennials trying to ruin the NIT now. When will these millennials realize that the NIT used to be the premier tournament and not the NCAA?
BYU is headed to the NIT and Georgia is staying home to look for a new coach. Thanks, Bulldogs. Now do BYU another favor and send some of those five-star football recruits to the Cougar football program, sound good?