Sure it was the N.I.T. and I don’t know if it was the producer’s call or Sean McDounough reacting on the fly, but ESPN actually aired the National Anthem before the UMass-Syracuse game….

I know a lot of you feel the same way that I do about the anthem, but I definitely think it needs to be aired before all games. Kudos to Dan Shulman and/or ESPN for letting the Syracuse Band play it on-air (no matter how bad it sounded).

Oh and UMass completed a ridiculous comeback from down 21 in the second half and earned a trip to NYC. Great game.