I can remember a time when a 19 win LSU basketball team was a virtual lock for the NCAAs, much less the NIT.
Because in the 1980's, those 19 win LSU teams were winning 11 or 12 conference games, and over many of their losses would be to teams ranked in the top 25. LSU would be something like 9-5 non conference having played 6 or so top 25 teams. LSU's non-conference schedules the last few years have consisted of maybe 1 top 25 teams, 1 decent team, and 10 super suck teams. Yet, we would still lose 2 or 3 of those games.