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Louisville will play in the NIT tournament despite players reportedly voting against accepting the invitation
Business Insider3/13/2018 12:41:26 PM

  • The Louisville Cardinals are set to start NIT play on Tuesday night after failing to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
  • The Cardinals players reportedly had initially voted against accepting an invitation to the consolation tournament, citing an "emotionally exhausting" season.
  • After players learned that they would not have the option to withdraw from the tournament, they chose to play rather than forfeit the game.

After being bounced off the bubble on Selection Sunday, the Louisville Cardinals are set to begin their NIT run on Tuesday night, but according to reports, they're not all that happy about the consolation prize.

As Jeff Greer of the Louisville Courier Journal reports, players on the Cardinals basketball team had voted to decline an invitation to the NIT after a season that left them "emotionally exhausted." Greer reports that the vote occurred before the ACC Tournament, followed subsequently by a players-only meeting on Sunday night after Louisville found out they had not been selected for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

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