It wasn't shocking at all. In fact, pretty much all of the college hoops websites, prognosticators and so-called experts that predict the NIT field every year along with their Field of 65 prediction predicted them to miss the cut.
Since the field was narrowed not once, but effectively twice (first by cutting the field from 48 to 40, and then by cutting the amount of "at-large" spots available by giving auto bids to every single Low-major conference champ), Green Bay's #71 RPI was right on the edge of the NIT bubble... at least for a non-BCS conference team.
Original reg. date:11/22/03 as PantherFan
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