Belmont’s J.J. Mann has re-evaluated the Bruins’ postseason situation and concluded they aren’t in such a bad predicament after all.

Prior to the start of the National Invitation Tournament, Mann and several teammates admitted to being discouraged about missing out on their fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament.

But after winning at Green Bay 80-65 on Tuesday and advancing to play Robert Morris at Curb Event Center on Friday at 8:30 p.m., Mann said the Bruins have a new outlook.

They see the chance to make a splash in the NIT as appealing as what they might have ended up doing in the NCAA Tournament.

The Bruins (25-9) have been to the NCAA Tournament six out of the last nine years, but they have never advanced beyond the first round.

“If you gave me two options of winning three games in the NIT or losing in the first round of the NCAA, I may take the wins in the NIT,” said Mann, the OVC player of the year. “There’s nothing to be ashamed about. We’ll be playing longer than everyone who loses Wednesday and Thursday in the NCAAs.”

This is the second time the Bruins have been in the NIT. They lost in the first round in 2004 to Austin Peay.

“You’ll take either one as a college basketball player,” said coach Rick Byrd. “Any time you can be in the NCAA Tournament it’s a great thing. But there is great value in doing some things that a program’s never done before — enjoying some wins on a national scale, on the home floor of a very good basketball team like we did the other night. It was a nice step for our program.”

Robert Morris (22-13) upset No. 1 seed St. John’s 89-78 on Tuesday. The Colonials stunned Kentucky 59-57 in the NIT last year.

Robert Morris tied a single-game school record by making 16 3-pointers against St. John’s. Senior guard Karvel Anderson was 9-of-15 on 3s and led the Colonials with a career-high 38 points.