Field for 2010 NIT Season Tip-Off

Posted: 18/08/2010 in NCAAB

NIT tip-off field, brackets announced

The National Invitation Tournament announced the field for its 16-team Tip-off tournament on Monday, installing Villanova as the top seed.

Other teams in the field for the event, set to begin November 15, include Tennessee, Wake Forest and UCLA.

The Wildcats, coming off a 25-win season, will host Marist in the first round in the North Regional. The other contest will have No. 7 seed George Washington playing Boston University.

Tennessee will be seeded second and host the South Regional with a first-round game against Belmont. Sixth seed Missouri State and Arkansas State make up the other game.

Wake Forest, seeded third, will be the host team for the East Regional with a first-round encounter against Hampton. No. 5 seed Virginia Commonwealth and Winthrop will also play in the bracket.

UCLA is seeded fourth with a game against Pepperdine at Pauley Pavilion. The other first-round game in the West Regional will have No. 8 Nevada going against Pacific.

The winners of the regional rounds will advance to New York City to play the semifinals and possibly championship game at Madison Square Garden. The semifinals are set for November 26 with the title game two days later.

The remaining 12 teams will play third- and fourth-round games on the home campus sites of the three highest remaining seeds.

Duke won the tournament last year, beating Connecticut in the final. Wake Forest (2004) is the only past champion in this year’s field.

– Stephen (DS LLC.)

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