2010 National Invitation Tournament

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2010 National Invitation Tournament
Season2009–10
Teams32
Finals siteMadison Square Garden
New York City
ChampionsDayton Flyers (3rd title)
Runner-upNorth Carolina Tar Heels (2nd title game)
Semifinalists
Winning coachBrian Gregory (1st title)
MVPChris 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

First Round[edit]

Second Round[edit]

Quarterfinals[edit]

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

First Round[edit]

Second Round[edit]

Quarterfinals[edit]

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

First Round[edit]

espn2
March 16
7:00 pm ET
(5) Northeastern 57, (4) Connecticut 59
Scoring by half: 26–34, 31–25
Pts: Matt Janning 17
Rebs: Nkem Ojougboh 7
Asts: Matt Janning 4
Blocks: Nkem Ojougboh 2
Pts: Jerome Dyson 18
Rebs: Alex Oriakhi 9
Asts: Jerome Dyson 4
Blocks: Alex Oriakhi 2
Harry S. Gampel Pavilion
Attendance: 5,571
Referees: Mike Stephens, Bryan Kersey, John Gaffney

Second Round[edit]

ESPN
March 22
7:00 pm ET
(4) Connecticut 63, (1) Virginia Tech 65
Scoring by half: 35–30, 28–35
Pts: Kemba Walker 18
Rebs: Stanley Robinson 8
Asts: Kemba Walker 4
Blocks: Ater Majok, Charles Okwandu 2
Pts: Dorenzo Hudson 27
Rebs: Dorenzo Hudson 7
Asts: Malcom Delaney 9
Blocks: Terrell Bell 2
Cassell Pavilion
Attendance: 6,983
Referees: Karl Hess, Doug Shows, Jeff Anderson

Quarterfinals[edit]

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

First Round[edit]

Second Round[edit]

Quarterfinals[edit]

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

Semifinals[edit]

Finals[edit]

Broadcasters[edit]

Television[edit]

Local Radio[edit]

Teams Flagship station Play-by-play Analyst
Connecticut WTIC–AM Joe D'Ambrosio Wayne Norman
NC State WRAL–FM/Wolfpack Sports Network[2] Gary Hahn Tony Haynes
North Carolina Leafield/Tar Heel Sports Network Woody Durham Eric Montross

See also[edit]

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