TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Success in the NIT isn't exactly something that you put on your resume.
Not making the NCAA tournament, but then piecing together a winning streak in the NIT, is a small consolation to a basketball team's season. Florida State players would probably trade their NIT success for a spot in the Big Dance, even if they were given a No. 15 or 16 seed.
Florida State will play in the NIT's final four after winning its third straight game, defeating Louisiana Tech 78-75 on Wednesday night. The Seminoles will face Minnesota in one semifinal, while Clemson will play SMU in the other.
Perhaps there's irony in the fact those games will take place on April Foolâs Day. But it's not a joke.
What value does the NIT have? For Florida State, it could be significant in the long haul.
"Having the opportunity to go to New York and compete for a national title -- we might be one of the very few teams on campus that has not won a national title," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton ...