[Update] Steve Prohm said Friday his team is NIT or bust.
[Original Story] After their narrow loss in the OVC Tournament finals, there is a lot of talk where the Racers will end up in the postseason, if anywhere. Many fans have been holding onto hope for the National Invitational Tournament, a.k.a the NIT, but those hopes appear to be all but gone.
Murray State Steve Prohm told WPSD Local 6 on Monday that he talked with the head of the NIT selection committee, who indicated the Racers aren’t likely to get in.
When asked about postseason play after the Racers championship loss on Saturday, Prohm only mentioned the NIT.
But that’s now changing.
Prohm says they’re now looking at the CBI, where they could possibly host games.
“I think that’s the direction we’d go in,” Prohm told Local 6. “It’s a sixteen team tournament with the finals being a best out of three series. We’d play on the road for sure, because it’s spring break the week of the first game. So I know our first game would be on the road for sure, and then we would look at the option of possibly hosting a second or third round game if we were able to do that.”
Prohm also added he would need to talk to his players, to see if they wanted to play in the CBI.
Why wouldn’t they? One factor could be injury, especially to graduating seniors.
Isaiah Canaan and Ed Daniel are considered NBA prospects, so if the benefit of playing in what’s widely considered the third-best postseason tournament worth the risk to their futures?
But on the flip side, the tournament would give even more experience to a very young core of players that will return the program next season.
The CBI starts next week, so a decision on the Racers potential involvement will likely be made before this weekend.