TIDBITS ON THE TIP-OFF: PRESEASON NIT STYLE
2010 Tip-Off Central
2010 Tip-Off Bracket
Monday night marks the start of the 2010 Dick’s Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off and a journey in which the VCU basketball squad hopes will land them at center court of Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The Rams opened the year on Friday with an impressive offensive display en route to a 101-86 victory over UNC Greensboro. Three players eclipsed the 20-point plateau and the night was highlighted by a record-setting 17 assists from senior point guard Joey Rodriguez, who also chipped in 22 points on the evening.
Tickets for the next portion of the NIT Season Tip-Off will be available on Wednesday morning through the VCU Ticket Office.
If the Rams lose, they will play on Monday, November 22 and Tuesday, November 23, possibly at the Siegel Center.
If the Rams win, they will play on Wednesday, November 24 and Friday, November 26 in NYC.
The VCU Ticket Office will give fans the opportunities to purchase tickets for both instances.
VCU has now focused all its attention on the NIT Season Tip-Off with its first-round opponent, Winthrop, lurking at 9:30 p.m. on Monday night at Lawrence Joel Coliseum on the campus of Wake Forest University.
This is the second appearance in the tournament with the Rams going 1-1 back in 2004, beating American in the first round, but dropping a road contest at Wake Forest to end their run. The Black & Gold is now the sixth CAA school to make multiple appearances in the NIT Season Tip-Off with UNC Wilmington and George Mason leading the way with three invites apiece.
The tournament features 16 teams with the four regional winners advancing to Madison Square Garden in NYC, while the remaining 12 teams scheduled to play third-and-fourth round games on the home campus sites of the three highest remaining seeds. Tennessee, Villanova and UCLA join Wake Forest as the four regional host sites.
According to tournament format, participating teams will not play any team twice, and the third and fourth rounds will be assigned to the most geographically compatible site possible.