If we are only arguing the humility, they should play. This team should experience having to play Canisius and Campbell while St. Mary’s and Gonzaga are playing the likes of UNC and Duke. That would give some tough reality to the players and would motivate them for next season to play better. But since we aren’t only talking about humility…
Don’t play in the CBI.
As much as the benefits could help the Cougars, winning the CBI could potentially give the team a sense of false accomplishment. The team needs to feel down. They need to be upset and they need to spend the next eight months with that terrible San Diego game in their mind.
At the end of the day, I believe that Yoeli Childs is either going to leave or stay because he wants to. Winning a few more games isn’t going to change that for him. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if he sat out the CBI because he will certainly at least be interested in working out for NBA teams.
As far as Coach Rose getting his 20th win, sure it would look nice, and in 15 years nobody would remember that he got it in 2018-19 because of the CBI, but it would almost look desperate on the Cougars part and would sort of have the same feeling of Ben Simmons winning Rookie of the Year last year. Sure it was real, legit and well deserved, but it came with the little asterisk that said *second season* as far as coaching, training facilities and practice.
Also, $50,000 plus potential travel expenses is a lot a money.
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