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(ESPN)   The NIT, aka the Little Dance, will downsize from 32 to 16 teams for this year, and will be held entirely around the Dallas/Fort Worth area   (espn.com) divider line
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2021-03-02 8:56:06 AM  
NIT= Not Interested Tournament
 
2021-03-02 10:46:14 AM  
For all the groups out there that could downsize, I wouldn't have picked NIT.
 
2021-03-02 11:07:29 AM  
We need to keep the NIT around b/c it's the perfect, handy metaphor for the next level down.

Golden Globes? NIT of the Oscars/Emmys
Europa League? NIT of the Champions' League
 
2021-03-02 11:16:59 AM  

Trocadero: We need to keep the NIT around b/c it's the perfect, handy metaphor for the next level down.

Golden Globes? NIT of the Oscars/Emmys
Europa League? NIT of the Champions' League


There's got to be a joke about what's the NIT of Fark.
 
2021-03-02 11:22:11 AM  
NIT could actually be interesting given how many traditionally good teams suck this year. Duke, Michigan State, UConn, Syracuse, Indiana, Pitt, Stanford, VCU...There would be some bragging rights in quite a few of those matchups even if the tourney itself is worthless.
 
2021-03-02 11:40:35 AM  
the NIT is a punchline, but for 50 years it was THE college basketball tournament until I think CBS got the rights to the then "shiatty little brother, NCAA" tournament in the late 70s.

then when Larry Bird and Magic faced off in the upstart NCAA tourney around 1978 or so, that's more or less when the NCAA tourney, along with CBS' TV rights, exploded.
 
2021-03-02 11:41:53 AM  

Shaggy_C: NIT could actually be interesting given how many traditionally good teams suck this year. Duke, Michigan State, UConn, Syracuse, Indiana, Pitt, Stanford, VCU...There would be some bragging rights in quite a few of those matchups even if the tourney itself is worthless.


Before the 60s, the NIT was considered the better tournament to get into than the NCAA.
 
2021-03-02 11:45:13 AM  

DRTFA: Trocadero: We need to keep the NIT around b/c it's the perfect, handy metaphor for the next level down.

Golden Globes? NIT of the Oscars/Emmys
Europa League? NIT of the Champions' League

There's got to be a joke about what's the NIT of Fark.


Fark is the NIT of reddit.
/you know it's true
 
2021-03-02 12:03:08 PM  

SPARC Pile: Before the 60s, the NIT was considered the better tournament to get into than the NCAA.


Heh...reminds me of the one time I went to a DePaul game. They had a "National Champions, 1945" banner up which piqued my interest. I later found out it was an NIT championship.
 
2021-03-02 12:11:09 PM  

Shaggy_C: NIT could actually be interesting given how many traditionally good teams suck this year. Duke, Michigan State, UConn, Syracuse, Indiana, Pitt, Stanford, VCU...There would be some bragging rights in quite a few of those matchups even if the tourney itself is worthless.


Lots of crappy teams wearing jerseys of big name programs.
 
2021-03-02 12:13:48 PM  

Shaggy_C: SPARC Pile: Before the 60s, the NIT was considered the better tournament to get into than the NCAA.

Heh...reminds me of the one time I went to a DePaul game. They had a "National Champions, 1945" banner up which piqued my interest. I later found out it was an NIT championship.


My alma mater, Southern Illinois, won in 1967.

SIU shows up in the NCAA tourney from time to time but it's a struggle. They'll build up a good program, make a couple of NCAA tourney appearances, and then the coach gets lured away to a big school and he always takes a couple of players with him. It's always rebuidling time at that level.
 
2021-03-02 12:54:41 PM  
Kentucky and Duke hoping for top seeds!
 
2021-03-02 1:03:52 PM  
a few years ago there were a handful of post season tournaments.
3 or 4 smaller ones with like 8 teams.

Did they get rid of all of those?
 
2021-03-02 1:26:57 PM  
Might as well host the NIT in North Carolina this year...
 
2021-03-02 2:50:44 PM  
For those who are even more desperate for "Postseason" College Basketball, CIT appears to be super dead after COVID, the CBI is showing they are planning to play in 2021 though.
 
2021-03-02 3:23:10 PM  
Subby talks like the NCAA tournament isn't going to be held entirely in and around Indianapolis.
 
2021-03-03 1:28:33 PM  
kdawg7736: NIT= Not Interested Tournament

I thought it stood for Not In Tournament.
 
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