For national champion UConn and many other top finishers from the 2014 NCAA tournament, another trip to March Madness is all but a given. Sometimes, however, even the tourney's most talented teams take too many losses (from graduation or the NBA) to return to the field of 68.
One of the most prominent examples for 2015 will be the Creighton Blue Jays, coming off a No. 3 seed and a 27-win season. As dangerous as the Creighton offense was with All-American Doug McDermott leading the way, the version without the high-scoring forward won’t have the firepower to compete in next year’s Big East.
Herein, a closer look at the Blue Jays and the rest of the half-dozen single-digit seeds from last season’s Big Dance who will be settling for NIT bids (or worse) next spring.