Okay, we may be stretching it a bit. But this is at least one of the best NIT fields since the NCAA took over as the top post season college basketball tourmament.
Just check out the power programs: UNC, UConn, Illinois Cincinnati, Memphis, etc...
That's two -UNC, UConn- of last season's Final Four participants. And Memphis (23-9), which was in the NCAA title game two years ago. Rhode Island (23-9), Virginia Tech (23-8) and Mississippi State (23-11) are all teams that could've been in the NCAA Tourament, which means this season's NIT should be a fun tournament.
Of course UNC (16-16) and UConn (17-15) have had miserable seasons. But it could make for a great crowd at Madison Square if the two meet in the semifinal.
Here's the NIT bracket.