Saint Mary's received its consolation prize a few hours after getting passed over by the NCAA selection committee.
The Gaels and playmaking guard Patrick Mills earned a No. 2 seed in the 32-team NIT, placed in the same bracket with top seed San Diego State. The other No. 1 seeds are Auburn, Creighton and Florida.
Mill broke his hand on Jan. 29 and missed a big part of the season, rushing back for the West Coast Conference tournament. After losing to Gonzaga, the Gaels played a late game against Eastern Washington trying to remind the committee what they look like with their star in the lineup.
It evidently didn't make much difference. Also selected for the NIT were Davidson and star guard Stephen Curry, and Kentucky, which had played in the past 17 consecutive NCAA tournaments.