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Johnson, Stansbury In Very Different Moods Regarding The NIT

One coach got his team a little further than expected.  The other failed to reach his team’s expected destination.  Both are now in the NIT, but LSU’s Trent Johnson and MSU’s Rick Stansbury sound like they’re in very different moods regarding their next postseason steps.

Johnson had this to say last night:

“We are excited about receiving the invitation to play in this event.  The NIT is a very prestigious tournament and has a long history of outstanding teams and players taking part.  For us to have an opportunity to still continue to play, to still continue to grow as a basketball team off of our last two games in the SEC Tournament — in which I thought we competed and played as well as we have all year — is going to be very exciting for both the coaching staff and the players.

There are 100 teams in the country out of 345 that have an opportunity to play in either the NCAA or the NIT, so we are looking forward to our opportunity and the challenge.”

Stansbury had this to say today:

“Basically, you’re sitting there and for the most part they had you in the tournament until you wake up Sunday morning, and you’re right there on the edge still.  That gives you some hope.  But like I said, when you leave the door open for someone else to make a decision, then you always expect the worst.”

As far as being in the tournament as of Sunday morning, perhaps Stansbury should be reading instead of Joe Lunardi. 

Interestingly, last night after the selection show, NCAA selection committee chairman Jeff Hathaway said on Sirius/XM radio that while Lunardi and other bracket gurus constantly update their “last four in” and “first four out” lists, the committee doesn’t do anything of the sort.


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