Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

NIT Bracket: Complete Schedule, Teams And Matchups

NIT Bracket: Complete Schedule, Teams And Matchups

The Blue and White narrowly missed a berth to its first NCAA Tournament since 2011 following a season that included three victories over ranked Ohio State, and an impressive showing in the conference tournament. The teams are meeting for the 93rd time overall and the first time in State College since the 2008-09 season.

Penn State has still not made an NCAA Tournament under seventh-year coach Pat Chambers.

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-Penn State sees its five-game winning-streak snapped as well as its five-game Big Ten Tournament winning-streak as they fall to 7-4 all-time in the tournament. This is Hampton's first-ever NIT Tournament appearance.

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-The Irish opened the scoring as Jordan Gross flicked a shot on net from the blueline that fluttered through a screen and under the blocker of Penn State sophomore goaltender Peyton Jones (Langhorne, Pa.) for the 1-0 lead at 6:18 of the first period. The victor of that game will advance to face the victor of No. 1 seed Notre Dame and eight seed Hampton. Among the notable omissions from the tournament included Middle Tennessee, USC, Saint Mary's, Notre Dame, Louisville, Marquette and Oklahoma State. The semifinal matches and the championship game both take place in Madison Square Garden on March 27-29.

A couple of noteworthy NCAA Tournament snubs helped create quite a field for the NIT. 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. The Owls defeated Tulane and lost to No. 2 seed Wichita State in the AAC quarterfinals.

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

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