2010 National Invitation Tournament
|2010 National Invitation Tournament|
|Finals site||Madison Square Garden
New York City
|Champions||Dayton (3rd title)|
|Runner-up||North Carolina (2nd title game)|
|Semifinalists||Mississippi (2nd semifinal)
Rhode Island (3rd semifinal)
|Winning coach||Brian Gregory (1st title)|
|MVP||Chris Johnson Dayton|
The 2010 National Invitation Tournament was a single-elimination tournament of 32 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I teams that were not selected to participate in the 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. The 73rd annual tournament began on March 16 on campus sites and ended on April 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Dayton won their 3rd NIT title (first title since 1968) over North Carolina, 79-68.
The following teams were automatic qualifiers for the 2010 NIT field after losing in their respective conference tournaments; by virtue of winning their conferences' regular season championship and not qualifying for the NCAA Tournament.
|America East||Stony Brook|
|Big Sky||Weber State|
|Big South||Coastal Carolina|
*Jacksonville split the Atlantic Sun regular season title with Campbell, Lipscomb and Belmont, but the conference tournament was won by fifth-seeded East Tennessee State. The Dolphins earned the automatic NIT bid by advancing the furthest of the four in the Atlantic Sun tournament even though Lipscomb was the #1 seed in the tournament.
The entire 32-team field was announced on March 14, 2010 on The NIT Selection Show at 9 pm ET on ESPNU.
Played on the home court of the higher-seeded team (except #1 Illinois in the first round)
Arizona State bracket
March 16, 17
March 19, 20
Virginia Tech bracket
March 16, 17
Mississippi State bracket
|5||William & Mary||72|
NIT Final Four
|4||North Carolina (OT)||68|
- 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
- 2010 College Basketball Invitational
- 2010 CollegeInsider.com Tournament