Tribe Basketball Awaits Postseason Fate
This past week has been a week of opposite emotions for William & Mary Tribe men’s basketball.
Last Sunday, the Tribe won a dogfight against Towson 75-71 to advance to just the program’s third CAA Championship Game. That joy ran into a brick wall the next day, when the Tribe was left speechless after a 74-75 loss to Delaware in the CAA Championship in which the Tribe had a six point lead with a minute left to go.
Today, the Tribe will make history during Selection Sunday. The Tribe is already guaranteed a spot in one of the four postseason tournaments (NCAA, NIT, CBI, or CIT), the only question is which one. The Tribe (20-12, 12-7) will be playing in just their third postseason tournament in school history. Unless the Tribe is #15 or higher in the NCAA Tournament, the Green and Gold will play on Tuesday or Wednesday.
If the Tribe earns an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament, it would be their first NCAA appearance in school history. They would likely be a #16 seed, and have to play an initial play-in game against another #16 seed on Tuesday or Wednesday.
If the Tribe earns an invitation to the NIT, it would be the third time in school history, and the second time in the past five years. They would likely be a low seed and play an away game.
If the Tribe earns an invitation to the CBI, it would be the first time in school history. They would likely be a four seed and play an away game. However, if the Tribe were to make it to the CBI Finals, which is a best of three series, they would play at least one home game.
If the Tribe earns an invitation to the CIT, which they are expected to do, it would also be the first time in school history. Only with this tournament, the Tribe would likely garner a #1 seed, and have home court advantage until the CIT Final Four.
The NCAA Bracket will be revealed on CBS Sports Network at 4:00 P.M. The NIT Bracket will be revealed on ESPNU at 8:30 P.M. The CBI and CIT do not have Selection Shows and will not be revealing their brackets on T.V., but their full brackets are expected to be completed later tonight.