SOUTH ORANGE – The Seton Hall men’s basketball team has received a bid to compete in the 2010 National Invitation Tournament (NIT); it was announced Sunday evening. The Pirates were awarded the #4 seed and will host #5 Texas Tech on Tuesday, March 16 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
This will be the 16th time Seton Hall has competed in the NIT, but their first since the 2002-03 season. That year, the Pirates lost to Rhode Island, 61-60, in the first round. Seton Hall is just 7-16 in 23 all-time games in the tournament and has lost nine straight. The Pirates’ last NIT win came over Marquette on March 17, 1956.
This is also the first NIT bid for Seton hall under the guidance of head coach Bobby Gonzalez. However, it will be the third time Gonzalez has brought a team to the tournament.
“We’re very happy to still be playing basketball,” Gonzalez said. “A berth in the NIT is another indicator that this program continues to progress and it gives us another chance to reach the 20-win plateau, which was a goal of ours. We’re in this tournament to win it.”
Seton Hall has never played Texas Tech.
Should the Pirates advance past the first round, they’ll face the winner of a game between #1 Arizona State and #8 Jacksonville in the second round. As is tradition, the tournament’s semifinals and final will be held at Madison Square Garden.
Seton Hall has an overall record of 19-12 and finished tied for ninth in the BIG EAST with a 9-9 conference record. The 19 wins are a high under Bobby Gonzalez as are the nine conference victories. For a second straight year, the Pirates won a game in the BIG EAST Championship, defeating Providence 109-106, in the opening round. Seton Hall also registered impressive victories over Notre Dame, Louisville, Pittsburgh and at Cornell this season, all teams competing in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
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