Who won the NCAA the year before Duke won? Who won the NCAA 3 or 4 years ago? I can not remember right off the top of my head for those ones either. Who was in the NCAA final 4 those years?
Who were the other two teams in the final 4 of the NCAA with Duke and Butler a year ago? I don't recall w/o some thought. Michigan State and WVU I think.
Frankly, with the relatively young team we had, the extra 5 games would have been a great value against name opponents in the NIT and several games on ESPN but the NCAA experience is what everyone strives after. I think it is a WIN-WIN if you do well in the NIT.