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Man the lifeboats

Submitted by on March 22, 2010No Comment

A quick look at last year’s NIT participants and their 2010 postseason improvement (or lack thereof). Of the 32 NIT participants last year, 10 qualified for the Big Dance currently underway. Two #1, #2, #3 and #4 seeds earned a spot at the Big Boys table, as well as one #5 seed and 1 #6 seed.

8 teams returned to the 2010 NIT tournament and 1 team, Duquesne was relegated to the CBI. Not exactly a resounding endorsement for the NIT but it could be worse. 13 teams failed to qualify for a tournament altogether including our very own sinking ship that is Penn State basketball captained by the all-incompetent Ed DeChellis. Even the players know when it’s time to abandon ship.

A 59% success rate for 2010 NIT participants in reaching the Big Dance guarantees that more than half of the 32 teams from 2009 found themselves in a postseason tournament the following year. But, in the 7 years we’ve been aboard the SS DeChellis, you discover he can even defy the odds to reach new lows.

Team Record last year 2010 Post Season No Postseason
#1 San Diego St 23-9 (11-5) NCAA Tournament
#1 Auburn 22-11 (10-6) x
#1 Creighton 26-7 (14-4) x
#1 Florida 23-10 (9-7) NCAA Tournament
#2 St. Mary’s 26-6 (10-4) NCAA Tournament
#2 Virginia Tech 18-14 (7-9) NIT
#2 Notre Dame 18-14 (8-10) NCAA Tournament
#2 Penn State 22-11 (10-8) x
#3 S. Carolina 21-9 (10-6) x
#3 Baylor 20-14 (5-11) NCAA Tournament
#3 New Mexico 21-11 (12-4) NCAA Tournament
#3 Niagara 26-8 (14-4) x
#4 Kansas St 21-11 (9-7) NCAA Tournament
#4 Tulsa 24-10 (12-4) NIT
#4 Kentucky 20-13 (8-8) NCAA Tournament
#4 Miami (FL) 18-12 (7-9) x
#5 Illinois St 24-9 (11-7) NIT
#5 Northwestern 17-13 (8-10) NIT
#5 UNLV 21-10 (9-7) NCAA Tournament
#5 Providence 19-13 (10-8) x
#6 Davidson 26-7 (18-2) x
#6 Georgetown 16-14 (7-11) NCAA Tournament
#6 Nebraska 18-12 (8-8) x
#6 Rhode Island 22-10 (11-5) NIT
#7 Washington St 17-15 (8-10) x
#7 Duquesne 21-12 (9-7) CBI
#7 UAB 22-11 (11-5) NIT
#7 George Mason 22-10 (13-5) x
#8 Weber St 21-9 (15-1) NIT
#8 UT-Martin 22-9 (14-4) x
#8 Bowling Green 19-13 (11-5) x
#8 Jacksonville 18-13 (15-5) NIT

There’s very little else I can say. At least 2 of our talented underclassmen have fled the program and a few more defections seem likely in the coming months. This season has been such an utter failure would be impossible to not improve next year. But if it meant providing more ammunition for Curley to prolong the DeChellis’ internship at Penn State, it is clearly not worth it. This program is stuck in neutral and there doesn’t seem to be help in sight. Disappointing to say the least.

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