2012 National Invitation Tournament

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2012 National Invitation Tournament
2012 NIT Logo.jpg
2012 NIT Logo
Season 2011–12
Teams 32
Finals site Madison Square Garden
New York City
Champions Stanford (2nd title)
Runner-up Minnesota (4th title game)
Semifinalists Washington (1st semifinal)
Massachusetts (3rd semifinal)
Winning coach Johnny Dawkins (1st title)
MVP Aaron Bright Stanford
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The 2012 National Invitation Tournament was a single-elimination tournament of 32 NCAA Division I teams that were not selected to participate in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The annual tournament began on March 13 on campus sites and ended on March 29 at Madison Square Garden.[1] Stanford defeated Minnesota in the final game, by a score of 75-51 to become NIT champions for second time (first since 1991).

Participants[edit]

Automatic qualifiers[edit]

The following teams were automatic qualifiers for the 2012 NIT field by virtue of winning their conferences' regular season championship but failing to win their conference tournament. These teams also did not receive an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament.

Conference School
Sun Belt Middle Tennessee
Summit Oral Roberts
Colonial Drexel
Horizon Valparaiso
MEAC Savannah State
Patriot League Bucknell
Pac-12 Washington
Southland UT-Arlington
WAC Nevada
America East Stony Brook
MAC Akron

Seeds[edit]

Washington Bracket
Seed School Conference Record Berth type
1 Washington Pac-12 21–10 Automatic
2 Dayton Atlantic 10 20–12 At-large
3 Oregon Pac-12 22–9 At-large
4 Northwestern Big Ten 18–13 At-large
5 Akron MAC 22–11 Automatic
6 LSU SEC 18–14 At-large
7 Iowa Big Ten 17–16 At-large
8 UT-Arlington Southland 24–8 Automatic
Tennessee Bracket
Seed School Conference Record Berth type
1 Tennessee SEC 18–14 At-large
2 Miami (FL) ACC 19–12 At-large
3 La Salle Atlantic 10 21–12 At-large
4 Middle Tennessee Sun Belt 25–6 Automatic
5 Marshall Conference USA 21–13 At-large
6 Minnesota Big Ten 19–14 At-large
7 Valparaiso Horizon 22–11 Automatic
8 Savannah State MEAC 21–11 Automatic
Seton Hall Bracket
Seed School Conference Record Berth type
1 Seton Hall Big East 20–12 At-large
2 Saint Joseph's Atlantic 10 20–13 At-large
3 Drexel Colonial 27–6 Automatic
4 Mississippi State SEC 21–11 At-large
5 UMass Atlantic 10 22–11 At-large
6 UCF Conference USA 22–10 At-large
7 Northern Iowa Missouri Valley 19–13 At-large
8 Stony Brook America East 22–9 Automatic
Arizona Bracket
Seed School Conference Record Berth type
1 Arizona Pac-12 23–11 At-large
2 Mississippi SEC 20–13 At-large
3 Stanford Pac-12 21–11 At-large
4 Oral Roberts Summit 27–6 Automatic
5 Nevada WAC 26–6 Automatic
6 Cleveland State Horizon 22–10 At-large
7 Illinois State Missouri Valley 20–13 At-large
8 Bucknell Patriot 24–9 Automatic

Bracket[edit]

Played on the home court of the higher-seeded team except #7 seed Iowa hosts #2 seed Dayton since Dayton is the host of the NCAA First Four and cannot host a first-round NIT game.[1]

First round
March 13–14
Second round
March 16–19
Quarterfinals
March 20–21
ESPN
                 
1 Washington 82
8 UT-Arlington 72
1 Washington 76
4 Northwestern 55
4 Northwestern 76
5 Akron 74
1 Washington 90
3 Oregon 86
3 Oregon 96
6 LSU 76
3 Oregon 108
7 Iowa 97
2 Dayton 72
7 Iowa 84
First round
March 13–14
Second round
March 16–19
Quarterfinals
March 20–21
ESPN
                 
1 Tennessee 65
8 Savannah State 51
1 Tennessee 64
4 Middle Tennessee 71
4 Middle Tennessee 86
5 Marshall 78
4 Middle Tennessee 72
6 Minnesota 78
3 La Salle 61
6 Minnesota 70
6 Minnesota 78
2 Miami (FL) 60
2 Miami (FL) 66
7 Valparaiso 50
First round
March 13–14
Second round
March 16–19
Quarterfinals
March 20–21
ESPN2
                 
1 Seton Hall 63
8 Stony Brook 61
1 Seton Hall 67
5 UMass 77
4 Mississippi State 96
5 UMass 1012OT
5 UMass 72
3 Drexel 70
3 Drexel 81
6 UCF 56
3 Drexel 65
7 Northern Iowa 63
2 Saint Joseph's 65
7 Northern Iowa 67
First round
March 13–14
Second round
March 16–19
Quarterfinals
March 20–21
ESPN2
                 
1 Arizona 54
8 Bucknell 65
8 Bucknell 67
5 Nevada 75
4 Oral Roberts 59
5 Nevada 68
5 Nevada 56
3 Stanford 84
3 Stanford 76
6 Cleveland State 65
3 Stanford 92OT
7 Illinois State 88
2 Ole Miss 93
7 Illinois State 96OT

Semifinals and final[edit]

Played at Madison Square Garden in New York City on March 27 and March 29

Semifinals
March 27
ESPN2
Championship
March 29
ESPN
           
1 Washington 67
6 Minnesota 68OT
6 Minnesota 51
3 Stanford 75
5 UMass 74
3 Stanford 84

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2012 Postseason NIT Bracket". ncaa.com. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 

External links[edit]