Wednesday, March 01, 2006
SoCon article from The Charleston Post & Courier
Coaches welcome NIT rule change
BY JEFF HARTSELL
Before Elton Nesbitt drains his first 3-pointer at the North Charleston Coliseum this week, his team already has wrapped up a postseason bid.
No, the rest of the Southern Conference hasn't conceded the tournament title - and the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament that goes with it - to Georgia Southern, the top-seeded team in the SoCon Tournament starting Thursday at the Coliseum.
New rules for the National Invitation Tournament guarantee a spot in that 40-team tournament to the 31 regular-season conference champions not in the Big Dance.
That means Georgia Southern, which claimed the SoCon regular-season title with an 11-4 league record (20-8 overall), will be playing in the postseason even if it fails to win the SoCon Tournament.
And that's welcome news to coaches in the SoCon, a league that annually gets only one team into the NCAA Tournament and has seen worthy teams snubbed by the NIT over the years......
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Posted by WB at 10:28 AM