Irish Earn Top Seed In Postseason NIT

12 March, 2018, 10:12 | Author: Elena Meyer
  • Penn State men's hockey Big Ten title hopes come to an end at Notre Dame; Lions now await NCAA fate

-The Nittany Lions answered taking advantage of the power-play as senior Erik Autio (Espoo, Finland) blasted a shot on goal and Biro collected the rebound on the left side of the net and sent a saucer pass to Sucese who one-timed a shot into a yawning net for the 1-1 tie at 11:43 of the opening frame.

Michigan State, Purdue, Ohio State and Michigan were the only Big Ten teams to receive bids to the NCAA tournament. Chambers made Penn State's NCAA Tournament case last week on the Big Ten Network. The Irish and Pirates will be meeting for the first time in men's basketball on Tuesday night (Notre Dame is 5-0 all-time against teams from the MEAC). Penn State is one of seven former NIT Champions in the 2018 field.

The tournament begins on Tuesday and will conclude on March 29. The victor will move on to play the victor of No. 8 seeded Hampton at No. 1 Notre Dame.

The NIT first-round contest will air on ESPNU, the Penn State Sports Network and GoPSUsports.com.

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A couple of noteworthy NCAA Tournament snubs helped create quite a field for the NIT.

Other first round games include Temple at Penn State, Rider at Oregon, Harvard at Marquette, Nebraska at Mississippi State, Vermont at Middle Tennessee, Northern Kentucky at Louisville, Boston College at Western Kentucky, BYU at Stanford, FGCU at Oklahoma State, Boise State at Washington, Louisiana at LSU, UC Davis at Utah. Junior guard Josh Reaves and sophomore forward Mike Watkins were named to the Big Ten All-Defensive Team and Watkins and sophomore forward Lamar Stevens were selected honorable-mention All-Big Ten.

Temple finished the regular season with a record of 17-15 and finished seventh in the American Athletic Conference (AAC). The Owls defeated Tulane and lost to No. 2 seed Wichita State in the AAC quarterfinals.

Notre Dame is making its 13th appearance in the NIT.

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