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The NCAA tourney is an extreme longshot.
The NIT has never taken a sub .500 team in it's 75 year history.
The CBI tourney has taken several teams in the past that have finished with sub .500 seasons. Washington St. was 15-16 last season, and came within one game of winning the CBI. The year before, Oregon was 16-17 and ended up winning it all.
Here's the catch; the CBI tourney is a pay for play tourney.
"The CBI, of course, is a pay-to-play deal. Teams that host first-round
games are required to shell out $35,000 and the fee goes up in
subsequent rounds, doubling by the finals. But home teams also make
money from the gate (as well as concessions and parking), so it's still a
moneymaker unless absolutely no one shows up. The problem is going on
the road to play. Then the losses could mount, but that's no different
than going on the road during the season."
Texas has plenty of money, and could certainly "pay for play" all home games if they wanted to get more experience for the future.
We need the experience, no matter where it comes from.
I think I just found a hole in that plan.
Barnes has been steadfast that they'll continue to play if they can.
I highly doubt they turn down any invitation.
There is no longer a rule that a team must have a .500 record to be in the NIT. That said, if Texas were to beat TCU and KSU, then Texas would finish no worse than .500, and the better tournament no one cares about could then safely feel like its reputation would remain unsullied.
Let's win out the season! ............. Yeah, right! I'm all for going to whatever tournament we can get in, and getting as much experience as possible .......... maybe, after that, if we went on an International Longhorn Magical Mystery Tour, Myck would be so smitten with touring the world that he would conveniently miss the deadline for entering the draft! ;)
I agree with Dave. They need to keep playing if possible and Barnes knows this.
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If they're asked, they'll play. I don't think there's a doubt.
“Kansas may wind up number one in these polls, but that would be so unfair to Texas...” -- Len Elmore, 2/13/11
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