Field announced for NIT Season Tip-Off

NEW YORK -- Villanova, Tennessee, Wake Forest and UCLA will serve as the regional hosts for the 2010 NIT Season Tip-Off.

The first-round pairings for the 16-team tournament were announced Monday.

The first- and second-round games will be played Nov. 15-17 with the winners advancing to Madison Square Garden for the semifinals on Nov. 24. The championship game is Nov. 26.

The North Regional will have Villanova hosting Marist and George Washington against Boston University. In the South Regional, Belmont will be at Tennessee while Missouri State faces Arkansas State.

The East Regional has Hampton at Wake Forest and Virginia Commonwealth against Winthrop. UCLA hosts Pepperdine in the West Regional and Nevada faces Pacific.

The consolation games will be played Nov. 22-23 at sites to be determined.

Duke, which went on to win the national championship, beat Connecticut to win last year's NIT Season Tip-Off.