Somewhere on the UCLA campus, no one is quite sure where, the Bruins' 1985 NIT championship banner is lying around. Athletic department officials were unable to locate it when asked last month.
On Sunday, the NIT did not think the Bruins were worthy enough to lose another.
UCLA did not get an invitation to the tournament, leaving a 66-58 loss to Arizona in the Pac-12 Conference tournament Thursday as the lingering moment in a disappointing 19-14 season. UCLA was picked to win the Pac-12 Conference before the season.
Loyola Marymount was also snubbed after finishing 19-12.
A Loyola official said that the Lions had not been expecting to receive an invitation.
The Bruins, on the other hand, seemed eager to get one. Coach Ben Howland said after the Arizona loss that they would accept an NIT invitation.
But NIT officials found other Pac-12 teams more appealing. Washington was shunned by the NCAA selection committee and the NIT is required to take conference champions that do not go to the NCAA tournament. But Arizona, Oregon and Stanford also received NIT bids.