Hampton makes 1st NIT; faces Notre Dame



Especially for the surprised Trojans.

Below is information on the important dates and locations for the 2018 NIT. "It basically discredited our entire league schedule and no matter what we or some of the other teams in our league did during the Pac-12 or the conference tournament did not obviously matter".

The Nittany Lions are making their first postseason appearance since 2013-14 and first NIT appearance since2009, when Penn State won the NIT crown.

Notre Dame improves to 24-9-2 on the year while the Nittany Lions fall to 18-14-5 overall.

"I thought that we had played our way into the field given where we were in January and early February".

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Notre Dame coach Mike Brey clearly thought his team belonged, but in a season where so many things beyond their control have gone wrong for the Irish he also saw the writing on the wall to an extent. The late charge wasn't enough and the Irish will play Hampton in the first round of the NIT on Tuesday night. "We were very realistic about how this could go given where we were today with our resume and the whole bit".

Penn State had not made a postseason appearance since 2014, when it earned its first and only CBI bid in program history. It tops the field with 26 wins in the tourney.

The victor will move on to play the victor of No. 8 seeded Hampton at No. 1 Notre Dame. The game will be on Tuesday night at 9pm at Purcell Pavillion at the Joyce Center and will be broadcasted on ESPN. Among the notable omissions from the tournament included Middle Tennessee, USC, Saint Mary's, Notre Dame, Louisville, Marquette and Oklahoma State.

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