ESPN: The NIT selection committee snubbed Xavier despite quality the Musketeers’ wins over Temple, Butler, La Salle, Memphis and Saint Louis. Xavier coach Chris Mack and outgoing athletic director Mike Bobinski were expecting to get an NIT bid. When one didn’t come Sunday night they both agreed not to pursue the CBI. So, Xavier’s season is over and likely its longtime history in the A-10 has come to a close as well. The Musketeers are expected to be announced, according to multiple sources, with Butler and Creighton, as a member of the new Big East later this week.
Xavier being denied a bid to the NIT is one of the biggest oversights in the history of the NIT. Xavier should have been a top-half seed (a 4-seed or higher) at a minimum but were denied a bid altogether. I don’t blame Xavier for saying “screw it, our season’s done.” They were a deep run in the A-10 tournament away from climbing into the ranks of NCAA tournament bubble teams.
I’m thoroughly confused and I think selection committee chairs for each tournament should make themselves available to the media to discuss and defend their decisions for why they added certain teams and not others. NCAA tournament selection committee chair Mike Bobinski (Xavier’s soon-to-be-former AD) went on to CBS and ESPN to answer questions about certain bubble teams making it over other bubble teams. If he is willing to step in front of a camera to defend and explain picks, why won’t others? Agree or disagree with the selections/snubs, you have to respect Mike Bobinski for at least addressing the questions.