Happy St. Patrick's Day (obligatory), and happy Selection Sunday.
Today we come to learn Boston College basketball's postseason fate, which likely includes nothing more than Dennis Clifford on the stationary bike helping to re-inflate the Alumni Stadium practice bubble. But stranger things have happened, right?
Here's the rundown:
2013 NCAA Tournament
No. of teams: 68
Automatic qualifiers: 27 of 31 -- Akron, Albany, Belmont, Bucknell, Creighton, Davidson, Florida Gulf Coast, Gonzaga, Harvard, Iona, James Madison, Kansas, Liberty, Long Island, Louisville, Memphis, Montana, New Mexico, New Mexico State, North Carolina A&T, Northwestern State, Oregon, Pacific, South Dakota State, Southern, Valparaiso, Western Kentucky
Remaining automatic qualifiers: 4 -- ACC, A-10, Big Ten, SEC
At-large bids: 37
Sadly, Boston College has the same odds as UConn and Boston University at making this year's NCAA Tournament. Next year though, watch out.
2013 National Invitational Tournament
No. of teams: 32
Automatic qualifiers: up to 17 -- Charleston Southern, Florida, Georgetown, Indiana, Long Beach State, Louisiana Tech, Mercer, Miami, Middle Tennessee, Niagara, Norfolk State, Northeastern, Robert Morris, Saint Louis, Stephen F. Austin, Stony Brook, UCLA
The NIT is a 32-team, single-elimination tournament of teams that were not selected to participate in the NCAA Tournament. The postseason tournament awards automatic bids to regular season conference champions who do not otherwise go to the NCAAs. The auto-qualifiers above are in if they don't hear their name called tonight (obviously Miami is in the NCAAs). With the NIT and CBI having no requirement to finish .500 or better, there's the slimmest of possibilities BC sneaks in here though I tend to doubt it.
Winners of 7 of the last 10 tho. Think about it, NIT Selection Committee?
2013 College Basketball Invitational
No. of teams: 16
The CBI is a 16-team single-elimination tournament of teams that don't make the NCAAs or NIT. Like the NIT, the CBI does not have a .500 or better requirement. Donahue is unlikely to accept an invite for reasons outlined here (really, think about what Donahue is saying here).
If you don't find these reasons acceptable, Bryant will be playing in this year's CBI. So there's that, too.
2013 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament
No. of teams: 32
Invites accepted: 17 -- Boston University, Bradley (host), Canisius (host), Chicago State, East Carolina, Elon, Fairfield, Gardner-Webb (host), Green Bay, Hartford (host), Kent State (host), Loyola (Maryland) (host), Oakland, Rider, South Alabama, Tennessee State, Tulane (host), UIC (host), Youngstown State (host)
The CIT is a 32-team tournament that uses the old NIT model where future round matchups are determined by the results of the previous round. The CIT has a .500 regular season winning percentage or better requirement, so BC falls one game short of qualifying for this postseason opportunity (looking at you, games against Dayton / Charleston / Bryant / Harvard).
Still, a major conference program has never played in this pay-for-play postseason tournament which started in 2009.
This thread will be open all day for you to leave your thoughts and comments. Do the Eagles pull off the St. Patrick's Day miracle and receive an NIT invite? How badly are you going to screw up your bracket? Will one of the ~eight ACC teams in the NIT win the whole thing? Make fun of Syracuse's #goacc moment last night ... whatever. What's on your mind?