Red Raiders Receive Bid to Play in 2010 NIT|
March 14, 2010
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech Red Raiders have received a bid to play in the 2010 National Invitation Tournament.
The No. 5 Red Raiders will travel to Newark, New Jersey, for Tuesday night's game at the Prudential Center against the No. 4 Seton Hall Pirates in a contest televised on ESPN2 at 8 PM Central.
This is the first NIT bid with second-year head coach Pat Knight at the helm of the Texas Tech program.
This will be the fourth time Texas Tech has competed in the NIT. It is their first since the 2002-2003 season when the Red Raiders won three games in Lubbock, lost in the semifinals to St. John's, 64-63, at Madison Square Garden, and then downed Minnesota to claim third place, 71-61.
The Raiders lost their opening games in their two earlier NIT appearances. They fell to Washington, 94-82, in 1995. The 1979 squad lost to Indiana in Lubbock, 78-59.
This will be the first meeting with Texas Tech and Seton Hall.
Seton Hall has an overall record of 19-12 and finished tied for ninth in the Big East with a 9-9 conference record.
They have averaged 80.5 points per game and have allowed their opponents to post 75.1 points per contest.
Seton Hall has three players scoring in double figures. Jeremy Hazell leads the Pirate squad with 20.9 points per game. Herb Pope registers 11.8 points and 11.1 rebounds per outing. Jeff Robinson adds 11.7 points per game.
The Red Raiders, 17-15 for the season, defeated Colorado, 82-67, in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship and then fell to No. 1 Kansas the following day, 80-68.
Texas Tech has three players averaging double figures for the season. Mike Singletary tops the team with 14.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. John Roberson follows with 14.6 points per contest. Nick Okorie drops in 11.1 points per game.
The winner of the Texas Tech/Seton Hall contest will face the winner of the game between No. 1 Arizona State and No. 8 Jacksonville in the second round.
The first three rounds of the NIT will be played at college sites. The final three games, national semifinals and championship, will be played at Madison Square Garden.