New Mexico State athletics director McKinley Boston believes the Aggies are a bubble team.
Personally, I don't agree with him. But I haven't sat in a selection room like Boston has.
NMSU does have some positive things on its resume with a RPI at 68 and a schedule strength of 112. The Aggies have a road win against New Mexico, No. 33 RPI and a contender in the Mountain West Tournament. But the WAC is the No. 12 league in terms of RPI and the Aggies are 1-6 against the RPI Top 100.
"I think we will be on the board in the process that looks for who is an at large team," Boston said. "I think if we lost in the finals, we would be a legitimate bubble team."
The focus on campus is obviously to reach the NCAA Tournament, but Boston said NMSU would accept a Postseason NIT bid if they fail to win this week's WAC Tournament or receive an at large bid. NMSU put in a bid to host a first-round NIT game. This web site has the Aggies hosting Arkansas.
Unlike previous years when NMSU turned down invitations to play in tournaments like the CBI, there isn't a significant cost to the university to host a game — NMSU's bid projected an attendance of 4,100 with a total revenue of around $50,000 after expenses.
Going into this year, I believed some form of postseason would be necessary to sort of legitimize the direction of the program under Marvin Menzies.
"I do think it's important for our seniors," Boston said. "I think there is a difference between an earned postseason as opposed to buying a postseason because there is a certain criteria and accomplishments that show a team's effort. That would be important."