“We would like to play this game at home,” he said. “Our athletic director reached out to the commissioner and to a couple others to get a read on the seeding and how that happened.
“Our RPI is much better, our record is much better, we feel like our gym's better, there are a lot of things that say we should be a higher seed than we were. We've got the second-best record in the entire tournament out of 32 teams, but it is what it is.”
“We haven't gotten an answer yet,” Marlin said. “There's a lot of the old-school guys on that committee that just think LSU's better than we are. They haven't seen our facilities or looked at the finer print about our team.
“But we're excited to play a short trip, and I think LSU will be excited to play,” he said. “Sometimes, a team that tied for ninth in their league isn't interested in playing. But they haven't been very good for a couple of years, so the NIT is a big step for them.”
“I called Will when he got the job; I didn't ask him right then about playing, but I have since then and they're not interested,” he said. “They probably didn't want to play this game, to be honest.”