WHEN: Tuesday, March 16, 9 p.m., WHERE: Prudential Center — Newark, N.J., TV: ESPN2, RADIO: WABC 770 AM, WSOU 89.5 FM
THE NIT GAME: Seton Hall earned their first post-season bid since the 2005-06 season with the announcement of their participation in the 2010 National Invitation Tournament. The Pirates earned the No. 4 seed and will host No. 5 Texas Tech on March 16. The winner of that game will face the winner of the game between No. 1 Arizona State and No. 8 Jacksonville. This is the first-ever meeting between Seton Hall and Texas Tech.
SETON HALL NOTES: Seton Hall went 1-1 in the 2010 Big East Championship. They defeated Providence 109-106 in the first round, setting a school record for points in a Big East Game, and lost to Notre Dame, 68-56, in the second round. Junior Jeremy Hazell leads the Pirates with 20.9 points per game. Sophomore Herb Pope led the Big East Conference and currently is averaging 11.1 rebounds per game. Seton Hall is making their 16th NIT appearance all-time and owns a 7-16 record in the tournament.
TEXAS TECH NOTES: After an impressive start to the season, Texas Tech stumbled down the stretch and has currently lost eight of its last nine games. Most recently, the Red Raiders fell to No. 1 Kansas, 80-68, in the second round of the Big 12 Championship. They defeated Colorado the night before. Juniors Mike Singletary and John Roberson lead the team in scoring with 14.7 and 14.6 points per game respectively.
The winner will face the winner of the game between No. 1 Arizona State and No. 8 Jacksonville in the second round.
NIT HISTORY: This is Seton Hall's 16th appearance all-time in the National Invitation Tournament and first since the 2002-03 season. The Pirates are just 7-16 all-time in the tournament and have lost nine straight games. Seton Hall's last win came over Marquette on March 17, 1956.
NIT CHAMPIONS: Seton Hall has an NIT Championship to their credit. The 1952-53 team that was led by SHU Athletics Hall of Famers Walter Dukes and Richie Regan went 31-2 and defeated St. John's in the NIT Championship game.
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