[Update #2] Prohm has chosen to send the Racers to the Charleston Classic. But that rematch with SIU might not be a possibility, as the tournament organizers are considering replacing them with another BCS team. Talk about something that wouldn’t have happened 5 years ago…Poll below has been closed.
Which tournament should Prohm choose?
- Charleston Classic (69%, 11 Votes)
- Preseason NIT (In Kansas State's Pod) (31%, 5 Votes)
Total Voters: 16
[Update] This might affect some minds here…The Preseason NIT would assure 4 games, not just one. And there’s a second possible added benefit. The Racers might host a consolation pod if there were eliminated in the Kansas State pod. For me, there are still a few too many “might’s,” but the information above might change some of your minds. Information updated below as well:
Murray State head coach Steve Prohm has been looking for a non-conference tournament for the Racers this next season, and it appears he’s turned up a pair.
Prohm can either take the Racers to the preseason NIT pod in Kansas State (which would give the Racers a chance at making it to New York for the finals) or become the eighth team in the Charleston Classic, joining in part: Baylor, Boston College, Dayton, St. John’s and Southern Illinois.
To me, this should be an easy choice…assuming making a run in the NCAA Tournament is the end goal here.
Sure, the preseason NIT gives you a chance at National recognition, assuming you likely beat Kansas State at home. Sure, Kansas State isn’t exactly a basketball powerhouse, and they have a new coach, so it might not be the tallest order.
In the Charleston classic you assured three games, (compared to 4 in the preseason NIT) and it would be almost impossible not to play at least one, if not two, NCAA tournament teams. If you don’t win the pod, you don’t get that quality competition.
And is Kansas State even a tournament team next year? Plus, even if you get to New York, the other three pod hosts, and likely teams to make it to the finals, are Michigan, Virginia, and Pitt. Are any of those teams better than Baylor? Are they even better than Dayton?
And Racers fans, wouldn’t it be fun to face Southern Illinois again?
If you’re looking for national recognition anywhere you can get it, sure the preseason NIT is the right choice. But if you’re actually looking to build a program, and put together a resume for a good seed in next year’s NCAA Tournament, the right choice is Charleston.
Agree? Disagree? Vote in the poll above, and leave your thoughts on OVC Boards below.
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