This entry is cross-posted on TNR's blog, Posting Up:
Only two teams will finish the college basketball season on winning streaks: one will be the NCAA champion, the other the NIT champion (actually, a handful of others, like some of the Ivy teams with no conference tournament, could also end the year with a win). A few notes about the NIT, while waiting for tip-off of the Sweet Sixteen games tonight:
-- Since the expansion to 64 teams, all four #1 seeds have never reached the NCAA Final Four. But next week, all four #1 seeds will be in the NIT semifinals. Something to think about if you, like Richard, have the "chalk" this weekend.
-- The Clemson/Air Force semifinal next Tuesday will pit two teams that just missed the NCAA's and are looking for post-season redemption: Clemson started the year 17-0 before faltering and going 4-10. Air Force started 17-1, and ended the year on a four-game losing streak.
-- Finally, Air Force coach Jeff Bzdelik may be involved in a game of musical chairs in the mountains. (Other open jobs in the region include Colorado State, Utah, and Wyoming.) Colorado is interested in talking with Bzdelik for their open job, and former Air Force coach Joe Scott left Princeton to accept the University of Denver job yesterday. Best of luck to Coach Scott and his family in the Mile High City.