After three consecutive 20-win seasons, USF’s basketball program determined it’s not settling for a third- or fourth-tier postseason event.
The Dons would have joined NCAA Event-bound Saint Mary’s as the one Bay Space groups invited to play in a event, however glumly determined Sunday night time they wouldn’t settle for a bid to play in both the CBI (School Basketball Invitational) or the CIT (School Insider Event).
USF (21-10) felt it deserved to be chosen Sunday for the Nationwide Invitational Event and didn’t wish to accept something much less.
“The frustration of not getting an invite to the NIT is a testomony to how far this system has come so rapidly,” stated Dons coach Kyle Smith, who’s the primary coach in program historical past to win 20 video games in every of his first three seasons.
A 12-1 begin had USF dreaming of creating it to the NCAA Event for the primary time in 21 years, however the Dons faltered and in the end completed at 21-10 and in fourth place within the West Coast Convention.
Smith’s Dons have performed within the pay-to-play CBI the previous two seasons, together with final yr when USF misplaced a best-of-Three championship sequence to North Texas. In contrast to the NCAA and NIT tournaments, groups taking part within the 16-team CBI need to pay a $50,000 entry payment.