How would you spell out what "NIT" stands for?

On a previous discussion thread, Kevin D chose "Not In Tournament," and I threw out a few when detailing some background on the NIT two years ago, when the Wildcats were nearly invited the event.

But as the story notes, and Sean Miller has noted, the NIT has professionalized itself since 2005. It is run by the NCAA, selected by a committee of well-respected basketball people, and gives home games to the teams with the highest seed.

Some other notes and links of possible interest...

The Pac-12 will hold a news conference Tuesday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to discuss the future of its men's tournament, which all but confirms the notion that the Staples Center days are over.

There's some notes about Bucknell on this blog post from Pennsylvania.

Stanford will host Cleveland State in a first-round NIT game in Arizona's bracket. Oregon's E.J. Singler said he's looking forward to the NIT, too.

Colorado was excited to learn it will be playing at high-altitude Albuquerque, the spot Arizona might have been assigned to if it had beaten the Buffs in the Pac-12 Tournament final. The Buffs met at Tad Boyle's place for a celebration that was much different than a year ago.

Mike Montgomery feels bad for the Pac-12.

Lorenzo Romar has been carrying a half-empty glass but says the Huskies have to seize the moment.

There may be a question of whether Oregon State is well-served to play in the CBI. Washington State will also give the pay-to-play event a shot.


Archie Miller and Dayton won't get an NIT home game because of the First Four games being played in the Flyers' arena.


And here's that NIT bracket again if you are interested...

Sportswriter for the Arizona Daily Star covering Arizona Wildcats basketball