Every year, teams see their dreams of making the NCAA Tournament come true, while others accept bids into other post-season tournaments.
Last season, 68 teams made the NCAA Tournament, 32 made the NIT, 16 made the College Basketball Invitational, 32 made the CollegeInsider.Com Tournament, and 8 teams took part in the inaugural Vegas 16 tournament. If the math is correct, that leaves 195 teams without a spot in post-season play.
Some teams aren’t even eligible for post-season play due to off-court issues, whether it’s due to low APR scorers or self-imposed bans.
That’s where we come in. We don’t discriminate, and even teams who aren’t eligible in the real world are welcome in our eyes. Living up to the Canadian stereotype of always being nice, we have included all 351 teams into one hypothetical post-season tournament.
Teams gear up and make a run at Princeton. Matt Morgan gets a new sidekick. Chris Lewis is headed to Dartmouth.
High transfer rates give college basketball plenty of player turnover each season. A whopping forty percent of men’s college basketball Division I athletes leave or switch schools before the end of their sophomore year. So, seeing players in different jerseys year-to-year is starting to become the norm.
but, it also raises a hypothetical question. What if teams could actually swap players mid-season?
Well, it would allow for a late NCAA Tournament push, or, more generally, movement of assets to orient for future seasons. NBC Sports’ Rob Dauster muses about this annually before the NBA trade deadline.
In their last outing, the Navy Midshipmen overcame a 25-point deficit at halftime to take down the Bryant Bulldogs, 76-74.
Three nights later, the Midshipmen were back on their home floor, this time taking on the Columbia Lions. Led by Luke Petrasek, the Lions would give the Midshipmen everything they could handle on the hardwood.
Columbia took the first lead of the game, a 2-0 advantage on a layup from Petrasek. Navy responded with an 8-0 run, capped off by a layup from Shawn Anderson, and the Midshipmen were off and running once again.
The 2-0 lead was the only one that the Lions would take in the game, and the Midshipmen stretched their lead to as many as 13 points in the opening half. Navy took a 40-30 lead into halftime, and never looked back the rest of the way.