The NIT is an achievement to others, while it is a major let down for many teams as well. I have heard it referred to as the, "Not Invited Tournament". I think this is a bad name for the NIT. There are several good things about the NIT.
First, it is something for players to put their minds on if they missed out on the NCAA Tournament. I would feel much worse if I missed the NCAA Tournament, and then my season was completely over. With the NIT, they have something to look forward to, and prepare for.
Second, it gives young players some post-season experience. The NIT is a great opportunity to give players the chance to play against teams in post-season action, so hopefully it gets them more prepared if you make it to the NCAA Tournament the next year.
As you can see, I am a big fan of the NIT and the opportunities it provides. I will give you a brief preview of the NIT this year and some main points within it. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!