Would you rather win the NIT or lose in the first round of the NCAA Tournament?
I'll try to give my opinion on this tomorrow (there's no good answer, really neither is a good end to the season).
Also, a quick note about the Kentucky faithful. I e-mailed A Sea of Blue about this and should probably post here as well. I'm too young to remember the "neutral" site games of the '60s and '70s and didn't watch enough basketball back when Eddie Sutton was FedEx-ing recruits a thousand bucks in cash, so I'm pretty open-minded when it comes to the Wildcats.
Tonight, the Kentucky fans showed up two or three thousand strong to support its first NIT-bound basketball team since before Rick Pitino discovered hair gel. The band was loud, if not the world's greatest (never respect a band with a drum set), and the cheerleaders also performed well and took pictures with our cheerleaders.
The Kentucky fans I came across were knowledgeable and absolute die-hard fanatics for their team. Not fake sun-tanned frontrunners like USC football fans or obnoxious like the Cameron Crazies can sometimes be, just good old basketball supporters. Thanks to them for being well-behaved (for as much as I can tell) and gracious.
Now, let's never let another team infiltrate the Joyce like they did tonight.