For Power 6 conference teams, an NIT invitation is a wild card. Some teams play hard and try to win. Others (eg. Indiana 2017) treat an invite with the mindset that Hinkle describes. My hope is that the Dawgs would take an NIT bid as an opportunity to avenge a disappointing season. After four straight NCAAT appearances and a 5-4 record there, my fear is that they will feel it is a throw-away consolation prize and play without energy.