2011 National Invitation Tournament

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2011 National Invitation Tournament
Season 2010–11
Teams 32
Finals site Madison Square Garden
New York City
Champions Wichita State (1st title)
Runner-up Alabama (2nd title game)
Semifinalists Colorado (4th semifinal)
Washington State (1st semifinal)
Winning coach Gregg Marshall (1st title)
MVP Graham Hatch Wichita State
National Invitation Tournaments
«2010 2012»

The 2011 National Invitation Tournament was a single-elimination tournament of 32 NCAA Division I teams that were not selected to participate in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The 74th annual tournament began March 15 on campus sites ended on March 31 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Wichita State defeated Alabama, 66-57, to win its first NIT title.

Participants[edit]

Automatic qualifiers[edit]

The following teams are automatic qualifiers for the 2011 NIT field; by virtue of winning their conferences' regular season championship and not qualifying for the NCAA Tournament as an "at-large" bid.

Conference School
MEAC Bethune-Cookman
Big South Coastal Carolina
Southern College of Charleston
MAAC Fairfield
Sun Belt Florida Atlantic
Big West Long Beach State
MAC Kent State
Southland McNeese State
Missouri Valley Missouri State
Horizon Milwaukee
Ohio Valley Murray State
West Coast Saint Mary's
SWAC Texas Southern
America East Vermont

Seeds[edit]

Alabama Bracket
Seed School Conference Record Berth type
1 Alabama SEC 21–11 At-large
2 Miami (FL) ACC 19–14 At-large
3 Missouri State MVC 25–8 Automatic
4 New Mexico MWC 21–12 At-large
5 UTEP C-USA 25–9 At-large
6 Murray State OVC 23–8 Automatic
7 Florida Atlantic Sun Belt 21–10 Automatic
8 Coastal Carolina Big South 28–5 Automatic
Colorado Bracket
Seed School Conference Record Berth type
1 Colorado Big 12 21–13 At–large
2 St. Mary's WCC 25–8 Automatic
3 Colorado State MWC 19–12 At-large
4 California Pac-10 17–14 At–large
5 Mississippi SEC 20–13 At-large
6 Fairfield MAAC 24–7 Automatic
7 Kent State MAC 23–11 Automatic
8 Texas Southern SWAC 19–12 Automatic
Boston College Bracket
Seed School Conference Record Berth type
1 Boston College ACC 20–12 At-large
2 Washington State Pac-10 19–12 At-large
3 Oklahoma State Big 12 19–13 At-large
4 Northwestern Big Ten 18–13 At-large
5 Milwaukee Horizon 19–13 Automatic
6 Harvard Ivy 23–6 At-large
7 Long Beach State Big West 22–11 Automatic
8 McNeese State Southland 21–11 Automatic
Virginia Tech Bracket
Seed School Conference Record Berth type
1 Virginia Tech ACC 21–11 At-large
2 Cleveland State Horizon 26–8 At-large
3 Dayton A-10 22–13 At-large
4 Wichita State MVC 24–8 At-large
5 Nebraska Big 12 19–12 At-large
6 College of Charleston SoCon 24–10 Automatic
7 Vermont America East 23–8 Automatic
8 Bethune-Cookman MEAC 21–12 Automatic

Bracket[edit]

Played on the home court of the higher-seeded team.
(except #1 Boston College & #3 Dayton in the first round)
* – Denotes overtime

Alabama bracket[edit]

First round
March 15–16
Second round
March 18–21
Quarterfinals
March 23
                 
1 Alabama 68
8 Coastal Carolina 44
1 Alabama 74
4 New Mexico 67
4 New Mexico 69
5 UTEP 57
1 Alabama 79
2 Miami (FL) 64
3 Missouri State 89
6 Murray State 76
3 Missouri State 72
2 Miami (FL) 81
2 Miami (FL) 85
7 Florida Atlantic 62

Colorado bracket[edit]

First round
March 15–16
Second round
March 18–21
Quarterfinals
March 22
                 
1 Colorado 88
8 Texas Southern 74
1 Colorado 89
4 California 72
4 California 77
5 Mississippi 74
1 Colorado 81
7 Kent State 74
3 Colorado State 60
6 Fairfield 62
6 Fairfield 68
7 Kent State 72
2 Saint Mary's 70
7 Kent State 71

Boston College bracket[edit]

First round
March 15–16
Second round
March 18–21
Quarterfinals
March 23
                 
1 Boston College 82
8 McNeese State 64
1 Boston College 67
4 Northwestern 85
4 Northwestern 70
5 Milwaukee 61
4 Northwestern 66
2 Washington State 69*
3 Oklahoma State 71
6 Harvard 54
3 Oklahoma State 64
2 Washington State 74
2 Washington State 85
7 Long Beach State 74

Virginia Tech bracket[edit]

First round
March 15–16
Second round
March 18–21
Quarterfinals
March 23
                 
1 Virginia Tech 79
8 Bethune-Cookman 54
1 Virginia Tech 76
4 Wichita State 79*
4 Wichita State 76
5 Nebraska 49
4 Wichita State 82
6 Coll. of Charleston 75
3 Dayton 84
6 Coll. of Charleston 94
6 Coll. of Charleston 64
2 Cleveland State 56
2 Cleveland State 63
7 Vermont 60

NIT Final Four[edit]

Played at Madison Square Garden in New York City

Semifinals
March 29
Championship
March 31
           
1 Alabama 62
1 Colorado 61
1 Alabama 57
4 Wichita State 66
2 Washington State 44
4 Wichita State 75

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