1 Virginia Tech Hokies (23-8, 10-6) vs. 8 Quinnipiac Bobcats (23-9, 15-3)
Time: 7 p.m. EDT
Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Place: Cassell Coliseum (9,847), Blacksburg, Va.
Radio: XM 190
Spread: Virginia Tech -13
Notes: Winner faces UConn in the second round of the NIT ... this is Virginia Tech's third consecutive appearance in the NIT and its second No. 1 seed in three years ... the Hokies average attendance in three games of the 2008 NIT was 9,667 ... for two games in 2009 the average attendance was 6,385 ... for all five home games the last two years the average attendance was 8,354 ... the Bobcats are led by Justin Rutty, who averaged a double-double during the 2009-10 season with 15.1 points and 11.0 rebounds per game ... Quinnipiac barely missed out on the NCAA Tournament, losing in the NEC final to Robert Morris, 52-50 ... the Bobcats have not faced a team from one of the "Big Six" conferences this season ... they played two NCAA Tournament teams in non-conference play, losing to Lehigh and Vermont.
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