Air Force coach Jeff Reynolds said he hoped his team got some consideration for a spot in any of the four postseason tournaments in college basketball, but quickly followed up that thought.
“First of all, we’ve got to have a winning season to do that,” Reynolds said. “So we’ve got to win our games and take care of our business now.”
While technically not true – the CBI has taken a few losing teams and the NIT no longer has a rule requiring teams have a .500 record for inclusion – an Air Force team with a sub .500 record would not be very enticing. If the Falcons win two of their final four regular-season games they would finish the regular season 15-14, and then have to win one game at the Mountain West tournament to post a winning record. Air Force also would guarantee itself a winning record by winning at least three of its last four regular-season games.
That might not be enough for a bid, but Reynolds said an invitation to any tournament would benefit the program. He compared it to college football’s bowl games. Football coaches often talk about the benefit of going to any bowl game, because of the extra practice time, experience and exposure for the program.
“How many bowl games are there out there, where guys are 6-6 and going to a bowl game?” Reynolds said. “What does that do to their programs?
“I think those other two tournaments are getting some significant interest. Whether we’re going to be worthy to be able to do that, we’ll see. We’ve got to be able to take care of our business.”