But the noteworthy NCAA Tournament snubs have helped create quite a field for the NIT.
Notre Dame's bubble finally burst on Sunday night when the official NCAA Tournament brackets were revealed.
First round action, on campus sites, features number one seeds Baylor, Notre Dame, Saint Mary's and Southern California hosting Wagner, Hampton, Southeastern Louisiana and UNC Asheville, respectively.
"I am absolutely thrilled that we played our way into the field, given where we were in January and early February".
"I love Tommy Amaker", Wojciechowski said.
"Our guys, after a season of gut punches, that was another gut punch today", Coach Mike Brey said. I have prepared them for the NIT the last month, [so] we've been very realistic about how this could go.
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The Irish's resume included wins over Florida State, Wichita State and North Carolina State, but they lost to Ball State, Indiana and suffered an ugly loss to Michigan State. Matt Farrell is next averaging 16.8 points and over five assists per game.
There are some other really fun possible matchups, too.
Saint Mary's may be the most unexpected omission from this year's tournament. "He's done a fantastic job at Harvard and we know that they're really good, and so it's going to be a very hard game". The victor faces either No. 4 Penn State or No. 5 Temple in the second round.
By the way, remember when Notre Dame beat Syracuse on their own court without their best two players and then Syracuse got in over the Irish?
Tops for the Irish in that one was Bonzie Colson with 18 points. "It's nearly kind of a fitting end to kind of how our season (went)". And while you could make a case for their potential - they beat Kansas and Texas Tech, as well as bubble teams Oklahoma and Texas - they finished with an RPI of 66, were 2-9 away from home, and played a weak nonconference schedule.
As a junior, when he was the only ACC player to average a double-double, Colson was named to the Associated Press All-American Third Team, All-ACC First Team, ACC All-Tournament First Team and was a finalist for the Karl Malone and Wooden Awards.
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