Green Bay was one of the nation’s most dominant mid-majors all season long, but one loss in the Horizon League semifinals kept the Phoenix from making their first NCAA Tournament since 1996.
Green Bay was considered a bubble team entering Selection Sunday. The Phoenix made their case with a win over Virginia, which the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee gave a No. 1 seed, and a stellar road record. However, a lack of strong wins to back up the victory against Virginia and a pair of bad losses to Milwaukee put the Phoenix no the wrong side of the bubble.
Now, Green Bay moves on to the NIT, where it will host Belmont on Tuesday.
“We knew we put our fate in other people’s hands, in the committee’s hands,” Green Bay head coach Brian Wardle told USA Today. “We knew it was going to be kind of a toss-up, getting into the tournament.”
If there’s anything good that comes out of this, it’s that Green Bay’s seniors get one more chance to play in front of a home crowd. Senior forward Alec Brown was one of the top players in the Horizon League this season.