Men's College Basketball: Penn State plays Temple in NIT opener

Men's College Basketball: Penn State plays Temple in NIT opener”

USC, Notre Dame, Baylor and Saint Mary's grabbed No. 1 seeds for the National Invitation Tournament after their NCAA bubble burst, and Louisville, Oklahoma State, Middle Tennessee and OR joined them in the 32-team field.

Considered a bubble team for the NCAA Tournament, Penn State was ultimately left out of the Big Dance when the field was announced on Sunday.

Penn State entered the game riding a five-game win streak, with Notre Dame winning only one of their last five. The Nittany Lions came into the match hitting.308; they finished.089 tonight.

Should Notre Dame continue to earn victories in the tournament, they would host the second round (March 16 -19) and quarterfinals (March 20 & 21) at Purcell Pavilion before heading to Madison Square Garden for the semifinals (March 27) and final (March 29). Even before a lowly consolation tournament, there was chirping coming from Philly, where Penn State claims seven players from.

Penn State certainly had some bad losses, and has nobody to blame but itself for missing out on the NCAA Tournament. "That's what you play the season for".

The Owls have had an up and down season, beating Auburn, Clemson, South Carolina and Wichita State, but losing to George Washington and UConn.

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.

Irish senior forward Bonzie Colson shoots a jump shot during Notre Dame's 73-56 win over Pittsburgh on Wednesday at Purcell Pavilion.

Rider (22-9) at OR (22-12), 10 p.m.

Temple comes into this game with a 17-15 record overall.

Penn State's Brandon Biro (10) against Robert Morris in the first period on December 9, 2017.

BYU (24-10) at Stanford (18-15), 10 p.m. It was Jenkins' third goal of the season and his first in 23 games, his first since scoring against Penn State Nov. 10.

Vermont-Middle Tennessee victor vs.

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