However, even though the Jackets were considered to have a slim chance of playing their way into the NCAA tournament if they could pull a series of upset at the ACC tournament, a spot in the 32-team NIT field may be likely, but might not be a certainty.
In the past five years, the NIT selection committee has given at-large bids to only three power-conference teams with RPI’s higher than 90, and only one was higher than Tech’s 105. Perhaps more concerning, the NIT has not taken a team with 16 wins over that same span. In the record books, Tech is 17-15, but the NCAA selection committee does not recognize Tech’s win over Division II Tusculum. It isn’t clear how the NIT selection committee considers it, but the NIT is owned by the NCAA.