National Invitation Tournament 2012: UMass Opens Against Mississippi State

Mar 10, 2012; Atlantic City, NJ, USA; St. Bonaventure Bonnies guard Charlon Kloof (3) ties up Massachusetts Minutemen guard Chaz Williams (3) during the second half in the semifinals of the 2012 Atlantic 10 Tournament at Boardwalk Hall. St. Bonaventure Bonnies defeat Massachusetts Minutemen 84-80. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

A respectable season was not enough to send the Massachusetts Minutemen (22-11, 9-7 Atlantic 10) to the NCAA Tournament, but UMass is headed to the 2012 National Invitation Tournament, which begins on Tuesday afternoon.

A respectable season was not enough to send the Massachusetts Minutemen (22-11, 9-7 Atlantic 10) to the NCAA Tournament, but UMass is headed to the 2012 National Invitation Tournament, which begins on Tuesday afternoon.

UMass, a No. 5 seed in the 2012 NIT bracket, opens play against No. 4 seed Mississippi State at 7:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday night. The Bulldogs were 21-11 in the regular season (8-8 SEC), and Tuesday's game will be aired on ESPN2.

The Minutemen were defeated by the St. Bonaventure Bonnies, 84-80, in the semifinal round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament on Saturday, despite a 20-point performance from Terrell Vinson. UMass had just upset No. 24 Temple the day before.

Arizona (23-11), Washington (21-10), Seton Hall (20-12) and Tennessee (18-14) are the No. 1 seeds, and three begin play on Tuesday with one (Arizona) tipping off the tournament Wednesday.

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