George Washington University basketball coach Mike Lonergan confirmed to his players that participating in the National Invitational Tournament semifinals Tuesday is not mandatory.

“We’d be happy for them to attend but if they can’t make it we certainly understand,” Lonergan said. “It’s spring break time, lot of parties and such.”

Forward Tyler Cavanaugh said most of the roster has already sent in their regrets.

“It sounds nice but you just can’t attend every event that comes up,” Cavanaugh said. “Maybe next year.”

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