Birmingham, Ala. (WIAT) — It has been four days since UAB’s world came crashing down. As the team walked off the floor at the BJCC, knowing their quest for a C-USA Tournament title, and a chance to go back to the NCAA Tournament was over.
“We put so much time and energy and effort, and attention into the conference tournament that when we failed to win that there’s certainly a level of disappointment and frustration.” Said UAB Head Coach Jerod Haase “I don’t think there’s a magic number of days or magic pill that gets you over that. So what we’re doing is working on getting over that and the best way we know how to do that is work hard in practice.”
It’s easy to forget that even though they didn’t make “The Big Dance”, the Blazers season isn’t over yet. The NIT isn’t as glamorous, but it’s still a postseason tournament, and an opportunity for UAB to keep building off the historic season they’ve put together.
“I mean the NIT is a big deal. UAB has never won the NIT, never won a National Championship and it’s a national tournament that we have a chance to compete at a very high level against some great teams.” Said Haase “There’s never a sentiment or a thought of do we want to play? Heck no this is an opportunity and a positive thing.”
UAB will begin their NIT journey in Provo, Utah and a match up with the BYU Cougars. The loss to Western Kentucky hasn’t gone away, according to Haase it maybe never will. But the Blazers are moving on.
“Our attention has turned completely and totally to BYU.” Said Haase “It’s going to be an unbelievable challenge.”