The Massachusetts Minutemen could have made a case for making the 2013 NCAA Tournament, but losing their very first game of the NIT proved that this team did not belong in the dance.
Although that is not exactly fair, since making the Big Dance probably gives a team a lot more momentum than playing in the “other tournament”, you still have to win your games. Of course, even if the Minutemen would have won the entire thing, it would have not changed a whole lot.
Sure, Baylor ended its season on a very bright note and Pierre Jackson went out by winning a trophy, but his team still did not dance.
Luckily for the Minutemen, some talent will be coming back and they will have a better chance at competing in the Atlantic 10 Conference, since some great teams will be leaving. With that said, VCU and Saint Louis will not skip a beat and La Salle has a chance to make some noise once again.
Although this should help when it comes to winning more games, Massachusetts will not have as many chances at quality wins.
This team may have finished with 21 wins on the season and in sixth place in the Atlantic 10, but that was pretty much killed when they lost in the first round of the NIT against Stony Brook. It did not help that it was a double-digit loss. So, although that game proved that Massachusetts did not belong in the big boys tourney this past season, it will have a chance at redeeming itself in the 2013-14 college basketball season, where a tournament appearance is definitely not out of the question for the Minutemen.
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