Coch Lorenzo Romar was with his team watching the NIT field being announced live on ESPN2 when the four brackets were announced and the Huskies' name hadn't been called.
"I checked to make sure that was the fourth and final bracket," Romar said. "There was no way you could have told me we were not going to be in it."
Romar said he still has no idea why, but would try to find out more.
The news went down no easier with the players.
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"To suggest that we're not as good as some of the teams that are in there is almost a joke," Spencer Hawes said.