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West Virginia to Find Out Postseason Fate on Sunday Night

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West Virginia basketball will find out the fate of their season on Sunday night, as the National Invitation Tournament, otherwise known as the NIT, will release their bracket at 8 p.m.

This comes after the report that WVU will not accept a CBI bid, as first released by Mike Casazza of 247 Sports.

“We’ve got more games to play,” WVU head coach Bob Huggins said on Thursday. “We’ll get home, have them rest for a day or so and we’ll get back at it and get ready to bring home a trophy. That’s what we do. That’s what we set our goals for every year. It’s not going to be the one we wanted, but it’s going to be a trophy worth bringing home.”

Huggins went on to say that his players still want to play.

“I think the question is if they want to play and I asked them that and they want to play,” Huggins said. “I enjoy coaching them, I enjoy representing West Virginia University and the great state of West Virginia.”

After Kansas defeated WVU in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament, the Mountaineers will not be able to make it to the NCAA Tournament this year. West Virginia can qualify for the NIT as being one of the better teams left out of March Madness. Back in 2017, the NIT eliminated the rule of needing a record over .550 to qualify for the tournament.

WVU last competed in the CBI in 2019, losing in the second round to Coastal Carolina in Morgantown. It doesn’t look promising that West Virginia will accept a bid into that tournament this season.

The next step in WVU’s season is very questionable, as the NIT is their last option.

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Ethan Bock is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in journalism at WVU. He currently is an intern with the Final Fourcast podcast. Ethan has covered WVU football and men’s basketball for the last year. He is from Cincinnati, Ohio.

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