New Mexico State turned down an opportunity to play in the College Basketball Invitation.
On my last post, I said that the CBI is not postseason basketball. I stand by that comment. But that doesn't mean that I'm happy NMSU isn't going. From a fan's perspective, I always like to see more hoops. It never really gets old. And, with the way NMSU ended the year - on a fairly high note -, it would have been nice to see them play some extra ball. On the flip side, maybe the season ending the way it did is fine. Optimism is fairly high. Throwing up a clunker in the CBI, you could possibly take away some of that luster away.
I was surprised. The Aggies explored the option of going to the CBI and I thought they would. The school could have spun the scenario as if they were playing in the postseason. Maybe that could help generate some more excitement around the program.
But, at the end of the day, the Aggies did the right thing by not going. If they felt like they couldn't have made up the money by hosting a game, why bother? The administration clearly didn't believe that the fans would show. And why should they? Hosting UTEP in the CBI is one thing, but I'm not sure if that was a guarantee. Attendance has been subpar throughout the season. Hey, people on the blog commented on this issue repeatedly this year.
If you can't make up the money by going, then don't. Because, in the long run, it doesn't seem worth it.