March 12, 2007
Tide prepares for UMass
When the selections were announced for the 2007 NIT, the Alabama Crimson Tide were a bit perplexed by their placement as a No. 5 seed, meaning they would likely need to win three-straight road games before reaching the NIT semifinals in New York. Regardless of where the game is being played, the Tide will face a challenge in preparing for their first round opponents, the Minutmen of UMass.
"I think the NIT selection committee is different then it's ever been in the past," said head coach Mark Gottfried. "It's a collection of former coaches and they made those determinations. I don't know what their criteria were, I don't know if the RPI factored in."
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