Granted the South Carolina-St. Joseph’s final was exciting, but being crowned NIT champ just doesn’t carry the weight it once did.
There is talk of doing away with the NIT, which sadly lacks interest when compared to the NCAA’s other than the betting angle.
I think it’s time the NIT changes from college to high school. Create the ultimate prep basketball tournament with the Final Four at Madison Square Garden. What if Kobe Bryant or LeBron James played in a national 18-under format? It would be great TV and instant acclaim for a weakening NIT.