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March 13, 2011
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Virginia Tech will host Bethune-Cookman on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. on ESPNU in the first round of the 2011 National Invitation Tournament in Cassell Coliseum.
The Hokies, 21-11 on the season, are the top seed in their bracket, as announced Sunday night. The Wildcats are 21-12 on the season and were the regular season champions of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The winner of the Virginia Tech vs. Bethune-Cookman game will play the winner of the Wichita State vs. Nebraska game. If the Hokies win, that game would be played in Cassell Coliseum at a date and time to be announced.
Virginia Tech is one of four number-one seeds in the NIT this season. Boston College, Alabama and Colorado are the other top seeds. As a top seed, the Hokies are assured home games as long as they advance in the tournament until the semifinal round. The semifinal and final rounds will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y., on March 29 and 31.
This is the Hokies’ fourth consecutive trip to the NIT and their third top seed in the last four years. Tech advanced to the third round last season. The Hokies are 23-9 all-time in the NIT and won the 1973 and 1995 NIT Championships.
Boston College has accepted an invitation to the 2011 National Invitation Tournament and will open play at McNeese State on Tuesday, March 15. Game time is 9 p.m. in St. Charles, La. The game will be televised by ESPNU.
BC will enter the tournament with a 20-12 record. The Eagles finished in a tie for fourth place in the Atlantic Coast Conference, finishing with a 9-7 conference mark.
For Boston College, 2011 marks the program's 11th appearance in the National Invitation Tournament. BC has a 16-11 all-time record in the NIT. The Eagles last participated in the NIT in 2003, defeating Fairfield (in Bridgeport, Conn.) in the opening round, before losing to Temple (in the Palestra) in the first round.
The second-seeded University of Miami men's basketball team will play host to seventh-seeded Florida Atlantic in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament on Wed., March 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the BankUnited Center. ESPN3 will stream the game online.
Miami is making its fifth postseason appearance in seven seasons under Haith. It marks the 16th postseason appearance for the Hurricanes and the 10th NIT appearance in program history. Miami advanced to the second round in the 2008-09 NIT, knocking off Providence on the road before falling at Florida.