Are you a March Madness elitist who only watches the NCAA Tournament for your collegiate basketball postseason fix? If you do, well, you are going to miss finding out who the 69th best team is in entire nation. That is exactly what the NIT does, replaces dreams of cutting down Final Four nets with nightmares of losing to a small program that very few knew existed.
The St. John’s Red Storm were not going to be one of the teams looking down at the NIT. I mean, they should be happy to be there considering they had the worst record of anyone invited to play in college basketball’s “other” tournament. Not to mention the NIT plays their last two games in Madison Square Garden, the Johnnies second home.
Obviously, St. John’s game against the Saint Joseph’s Hawks meant something to both teams. Saint Joe’s was playing for some respect while the Red Storm were trying to save their dignity. Luckily for Steve Lavin, Sir’Dominic Pointer had some large amounts of dignity (and stones) left during the last seconds of the game.
With the game tied and time running out, Pointer did his best Michael Snaer impression. Take a look if you do not believe me.
That is right, kiddos. Pointer went coast to coast and threw up a pretty wild fadeaway shot that just so happened to tickle the twine.
With the victory the Red Storm advance to the next round while Saint Joseph’s will be sobbing into their pillows for the next couple of days. Only thing left to ponder is whether or not you were too cool to actually see it, or did you swallow your pride and enjoy some NIT madness last night?
What a night. Next thing somebody is going to tell me is that the Kentucky Wildcats have to go home after losing to something called the Robert Morris Colonials and watch their blood rivals play in the NCAA Tournament on their home court.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow Joe on Twitter @JosephNardone