Indiana State hopes NCAA Selection Committee is still watching

Each of the stages of grief came and went quickly for Indiana State.Bonded by the pain of missing out of the NCAA Tournament, the Sycamores arrived at the NIT Final Four on Monday embracing an opportunity to prove themselves on a national stage.”Excited to be playing in April,” Sycamores coach Josh Schertz said. “What a great opportunity. And certainly even added, too, the opportunity to play here in Hinkle Fieldhouse, one of the iconic venues in all of sports, not just college basketball.”The MVC regular-season conference champions, Indiana State defeated SMU, Minnesota and Cincinnati to reach the NIT semifinals.While attention and fanfare are at an all-time high, Indiana State is looking for more than respect.”It would be just phenomenal for Indiana State,” Schertz said. “We talked about going in to our preparation that week where we had — between the Missouri Valley Tournament and the NCAA Selection Show — where we didn’t know if we were going to be in. We said we were going to be prepared to try to prove the committee right hopefully by being in the tournament and advancing or preparing to prove the committee wrong.