2010 National Invitation Tournament

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2010 National Invitation Tournament
Season 2009–10
Teams 32
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
National Invitation Tournaments
«2009 2011»

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.

Participants[edit]

Automatic qualifiers[edit]

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.

Conference School
America East Stony Brook
A-Sun Jacksonville*
Big Sky Weber State
Big South Coastal Carolina
MAC Kent State
NEC Quinnipiac
SWAC Jackson State
Sun Belt Troy

*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.[1]

The entire 32-team field was announced on March 14, 2010 on The NIT Selection Show at 9 pm ET on ESPNU.

Seedings[edit]

Seed School Conference Record Berth type
1 Illinois Big Ten 19-14 At-Large
2 Cincinnati Big East 18-15 At-Large
3 Dayton Atlantic 10 20-12 At-Large
4 Kent State MAC 23-9 Automatic
5 Tulsa C-USA 23-11 At-Large
6 Illinois State MVC 22-10 At-Large
7 Weber State Big Sky 20-10 Automatic
8 Stony Brook America East 22-9 Automatic
Seed School Conference Record Berth type
1 Arizona State Pac-10 22-10 At-Large
2 Mississippi SEC 21-10 At-Large
3 Memphis C-USA 23-9 At-Large
4 Seton Hall Big East 19-12 At-Large
5 Texas Tech Big 12 17-15 At-Large
6 St. John's Big East 17-15 At-Large
7 Troy Sun Belt 20-12 Automatic
8 Jacksonville Atlantic Sun 19-12 Automatic
Seed School Conference Record Berth type
1 Virginia Tech ACC 23-8 At-Large
2 Rhode Island Atlantic 10 23-9 At-Large
3 Wichita State MVC 25-9 At-Large
4 Connecticut Big East 17-15 At-Large
5 Northeastern CAA 20-12 At-Large
6 Nevada WAC 20-12 At-Large
7 Northwestern Big Ten 20-13 At-Large
8 Quinnipiac NEC 23-9 Automatic
Seed School Conference Record Berth type
1 Mississippi State SEC 23-11 At-Large
2 UAB C-USA 23-8 At-Large
3 South Florida Big East 20-12 At-Large
4 North Carolina ACC 16-16 At-Large
5 William & Mary CAA 22-10 At-Large
6 NC State ACC 19-15 At-Large
7 Coastal Carolina Big South 28-6 Automatic
8 Jackson State SWAC 19-12 Automatic

Bracket[edit]

Played on the home court of the higher-seeded team (except #1 Illinois in the first round)

Illinois bracket[edit]

First round
March 17
Second round
March 22
Quarterfinals
March 24
                 
1 Illinois 76
8 Stony Brook 66
1 Illinois 75
4 Kent State 58
4 Kent State 75
5 Tulsa 74
1 Illinois 71
3 Dayton 77
3 Dayton 63
6 Illinois State 42
3 Dayton 81
2 Cincinnati 66
2 Cincinnati 76
7 Weber State 62

Arizona State bracket[edit]

First round
March 16, 17
Second round
March 19, 20
Quarterfinals
March 23
                 
1 Arizona State 66
8 Jacksonville 67
8 Jacksonville 64
5 Texas Tech 69
4 Seton Hall 69
5 Texas Tech 87
5 Texas Tech 87
2 Mississippi (2OT) 90
3 Memphis 73
6 St. John's 71
3 Memphis 81
2 Mississippi 90
2 Mississippi 84
7 Troy 65

Virginia Tech bracket[edit]

First round
March 16, 17
Second round
March 22
Quarterfinals
March 24
                 
1 Virginia Tech 81
8 Quinnipiac 61
1 Virginia Tech 65
4 Connecticut 63
4 Connecticut 59
5 Northeastern 57
1 Virginia Tech 72
2 Rhode Island 79
3 Wichita State 70
6 Nevada 74
6 Nevada 83
2 Rhode Island 85
2 Rhode Island 76
7 Northwestern 64

Mississippi State bracket[edit]

First round
March 16
Second round
March 20
Quarterfinals
March 23
                 
1 Mississippi State 81
8 Jackson State 67
1 Mississippi State 74
4 North Carolina 76
4 North Carolina 80
5 William & Mary 72
4 North Carolina 60
2 UAB 55
3 South Florida 57
6 NC State 58
6 NC State 52
2 UAB 72
2 UAB 65
7 Coastal Carolina 49

NIT Final Four[edit]

Played at Madison Square Garden in New York City

Semifinals
March 30
Championship
April 1
           
3 Dayton 68
2 Mississippi 63
3 Dayton 79
4 North Carolina 68
2 Rhode Island 67
4 North Carolina (OT) 68

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