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Hampton makes 1st NIT; faces Notre Dame

12 March, 2018, 09:06 | Author: Rachael Silva
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While it prepares for the Bulldogs, UCLA and Arizona State are headed for the NCAA Tournament despite finishing below the Trojans in the Pac-12 standings.

With the win the Fighting Irish move on to next Saturday's Big Ten Tournament Championship game where they will face the victor of the Ohio State vs. MI game while Penn State will await a possible at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament during the selection show next Sunday. The teams are meeting for the first time since Temple won at the buzzer in a 2011 NCAA Tournament first round game. He's an incredible coach.

The Nittany Lions are 22-9 all-time in the NIT, reaching at least the semifinals in five of its last seven appearances.

-Jones breaks his own Big Ten Tournament record of 118 saves during the 2017 tournament as he finishes the 2018 tournament with 121 saves.

Also on the roster are 6-foot-10 graduate student Julian Moore of Germantown Academy, 6-9 sophomore Mike Watkins (Phelps School), 6-9 forward John Harrar (Strath Haven) and four Roman Catholic products 6-2 senior Shep Garner, 6-4 sophomore Nazeer Bostwick, 6-8 sophomore Lamar Stevens and 6-5 sophomore Tony Carr, who averages a Big 10 best 19.9 points.


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

The tournament begins on Tuesday and will conclude on March 29.

The NIT first-round contest will air on ESPNU, the Penn State Sports Network and GoPSUsports.com. Exact dates of the second round and quarterfinal games will be announced at a later date.

Among some of the other 2018 NIT participants are: Boston College, LSU, Louisville, Marquette, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Saint Mary's, Southern California, Stanford, Utah, and Washington.

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

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