Jaguars left out of postseason play

IUPUI wasn't invited to any of this season's basketball dances. Disappointed: IUPUI coach Ron Hunter and his Jaguars have played their last game this season. Full Story
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“"Deeds not Words"”

Since: Dec 07

Brownsburg, IN via Olympia, WA

#1 Mar 17, 2008
A total injustice...you look at a team like Coppin State (20 losses) and you have to wonder if conference tournaments are really good for the game.
Tony

Belmont, MA

#2 Mar 17, 2008
Yep, IUPUI got totally screwed. Tough way to end the career of the three seniors.
jjj

Indianapolis, IN

#3 Mar 17, 2008
this is a bull c--- move . this is a great team who would have shown up any schooled it played... more than likely a smaller draw croud wise but this is a bunch of bull!!!! n i t wit

“Just sorting it out.”

Since: Mar 07

Indianapolis

#4 Mar 17, 2008
IUPUI got hosed by the NIT and that CBI farce. Sixteen teams and not a one has a better winning percentage, less losses or higher RPI.

What a joke.

SPM

Since: Jan 07

Indianapolis, Indiana

#5 Mar 17, 2008
Too much politics in this. IUPUI deserved to be in one of the tournaments.

The players did what they had too. The committees of the tournaments are the ones who made a mistake.

Like Rodney Dangerfield said and a variation should be IUPUI's motto. "We get no respect."

SPM

Since: Jan 07

Indianapolis, Indiana

#6 Mar 17, 2008
If it is conference affiliation. Maybe IUPUI should look into joining another conference like Valparaiso did. Remaining in this conference will only hurt players and coaches. Maybe, IUPUI should look at possibly joining the Missouri Valley or Horizon Conferences.

The snub by these tournaments is a slap in the face of these players.
New Castle Dawg

Hartford City, IN

#7 Mar 17, 2008
IMO both the NIT and CBI are about $$$. Being a Butler fan & having been snubbed several years ago when they had an outstanding record, The NCAA is looking for teams for the NIT & CBI that (1) have a larger arena to host games, or (2) have a large following when they go on the road. SPM mentioned another conference affiliation but you have to look at it from the long range view. It's not just men's basketball but you have to consider soccer, volleyball, cross country, etc, because you can't just join a league for basketball only. A great starting point (and I've heard Coach Hunter mention it numerous times) is to get a new venue for basketball that would seat 6-7000. Then have an aggressive PR program to fill the place on a regular basis. Coach Hunter & the team had a great season. Now it's up to the Administration to help with the next step.
Not surprised

New Palestine, IN

#8 Mar 17, 2008
It's hard to take a team seriously that plays in a
gym that would be nice if you were in middle school. Add to that an attendance below 1,000
per game and you get treated badly by the NCAA.
It's time to grow up IUPUI.
NitWits

Kokomo, IN

#9 Mar 17, 2008
I agree with most that is said here. I am a season ticket holder and have been for 4 years. Great basketball, great players, great coach - lousy PR.

When I cannot attend a game or have an extra ticket and call a friend and offer the tickets they usually laugh and say no thanks. They are laughing at IUPUI and me for having season tickets.

Here is a program that has a clean coach, clean players and the NCAA Headquarters is pretty much located on their campus. Still they get no respect. While watching the Tourney draw last night with a group of people one said IUPUI is almost a real University. That statement said it all. The name IUPUI is looked down up on and a joke. IU and PU won't let them go because of the money.

If anyone goes to their games they are impressed. A pretty good pep band and cheer-leading squad.

I will continue supporting IUPUI and I admire Ron Hunter and his staff. He has not sold out to the pressure of college athletics. Would IU ever consider hiring Hunter? I think not. They want a big name coach like Kelvin Sampson - LOL.

Mr. Hunter - stick with your mission at IUPUI. You were one player short in your rotation this past season. The admin. needs to change the image of the school. The public needs to know that IUPUI is Div. 1 and that you have a basketball team. You and the players cannot do it all yourselves.
NitWits

Kokomo, IN

#10 Mar 17, 2008
Not surprised wrote:
It's hard to take a team seriously that plays in a
gym that would be nice if you were in middle school. Add to that an attendance below 1,000
per game and you get treated badly by the NCAA.
It's time to grow up IUPUI.
Agree 100%. The University needs to step it up a notch. Eventhough I do not agree - people look at IUPUI as a school you go to when all else fails.

Maybe, just maybe everyone can't afford to send their kids away to college. Does that make it a bad school? Not at all. I just cannot imagine the difficult time Coach Hunter has recruiting.

You are absolutely correct...they need to grow up image wise. The Star does not help the cause either but on the other hand they need to sell papers and advertising. Nobody wants to read about the Jags. True basketball fans understand the quality of play.
jaguar fan

United States

#11 Mar 17, 2008
this is so disappoonting and sad i can't believe it. i have no faith in the league after seeing this.

great season jaguars!!!!

looking forward to next season
jaguar fan

United States

#12 Mar 17, 2008
disappointing *
paul

Indianapolis, IN

#13 Mar 17, 2008
What a freaking disgrace college basketball has dealt IUPUI. A great record with a first class team and coach. To not make the NIT is a flat out joke!!!! Who cares about the other watered down so called tournament. Another fine example of how politics and money drive more and more decisions in this country.
Retired Coach

United States

#14 Mar 17, 2008
Well, I think one of the problems with attendance for IUPUI is the name itself as some have pointed out.

The legislature should make that university independent of IU and Purdue except for the medical school. It could be named perhaps Indianapolis State Univesity.

With a solid name like that, it might spark more fan interest.

Meanwhile, why is Coach Hunter not being mentioned as a candidate for IU? He has a friendly, outgoing demeanor; does not cheat; has the ability to recruit IPS students that the Big 10 ignored and turn them into star players (George Hill for example); and his players respect him and always play hard for him.

Until Greenspan goes, IU will continue to go downhill with unwise coaching hires.
Go Boilers

Indianapolis, IN

#15 Mar 17, 2008
these tournaments are NOT looking for the best teams! They're looking for the teams that have the biggest draw which equalls $$$. An injustice yes but IUPUI has to build a gym and schedule & beat bigger names before they get the at large bids. Until then they have to win the Summit tourney. Go Jags!
IUPUI_

Indianapolis, IN

#16 Mar 17, 2008
According to http://teamrankings.com/ncb/8powerratings.php... , IUPUI had an RPI of 70 - San Diego State's was 81. However, the real issue is Strength of Schedule. There were 341 Division I teams (which is way too many but that's another post), San Diego State SOS was 119 - not too bad. IUPUI's SOS was 313. Don't you think their fairly high RPI was influenced by the very poor quality of teams they were playing? The NIT and CBI Selection Committee's must have thought so.
GG Fontaine

United States

#17 Mar 17, 2008
Myles Brand plays drop the soap with IUPUI. He is not done screwing Indiana institutions. His act at IU was akin to the rednecks molesting Ned Beatty in the movie "Deliverance." Where is Burt Reynolds when you need him?
Joker

Indianapolis, IN

#18 Mar 17, 2008
WHO cares about image? Is this political are you saying? I do not care if they play outside behind TARGET, there record shows they should of made it....
NitWits wrote:
<quoted text>
Agree 100%. The University needs to step it up a notch. Eventhough I do not agree - people look at IUPUI as a school you go to when all else fails.
Maybe, just maybe everyone can't afford to send their kids away to college. Does that make it a bad school? Not at all. I just cannot imagine the difficult time Coach Hunter has recruiting.
You are absolutely correct...they need to grow up image wise. The Star does not help the cause either but on the other hand they need to sell papers and advertising. Nobody wants to read about the Jags. True basketball fans understand the quality of play.
Hey there

Indianapolis, IN

#19 Mar 17, 2008
Joker wrote:
WHO cares about image? Is this political are you saying? I do not care if they play outside behind TARGET, there record shows they should of made it....
<quoted text>
Aman Brother!
CactusCole

AOL

#20 Mar 17, 2008
Keep your heads high it was a great experence that you will never forget as we all know life is not fair but life is great keep up the good work.

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