So today's Selection Sunday. Today, sometime after everybody fills out their real bracket, we'll find out what's going on with Northwestern.
In a normal world, NU should be NIT-bound. That's for sure. They're good enough. They are one of the best 32 teams that won't be in the NCAA tournament.
But this is not a normal world, and after Kent State, McNeese State, and Long Beach State fell yesterday in conference tournaments, all 6-seeds, 7-seeds, and 8-seeds will be taken by NIT auto-bids, with potential for one more coming today after Dayton-Richmond.
That leaves Northwestern, quite frankly, somewhat screwed. The Cats were hoping for a No. 6 spot. Now they'll have to hope the NIT committee is very nice to them. Which brings up the question: does Northwestern accept a bid to the CBI? It's kind of embarrassing for a big conference school and will probably end up costing them money, but I doubt NU turns down the opportunity for postseason play, TicketCity Bowl style. The one piece of good news is that Teddy Greenstein reports that Bill Carmody and NU players will be available to media after the NIT selection show - something odd to do if you know you won't get an NIT bid, but then again, it could also mean they are letting them talk to the media about how excited they are for the CBI.
Keep it locked and loaded at Sippin' on Purple all day as news develops. I'm just here chillin.