Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

When is the NIT? Participants, bracket, schedule for 2018 National Invitation Tournament

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Isaac Mcdaniel | 12 March, 2018, 09:03

The Nittany Lions didn't make the NCAA tournament after finishing this year with a 21-13 record.

Penn State is a No. 4 seed in the 32-team tournament and will welcome the fifth-seeded Owls. The teams are meeting for the 93rd time overall and the first time in State College since the 2008-09 season.

"We are excited to be in this year's 2018 NIT field", Temple coach Fran Dunphy said in a conference call with reporters.

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

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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. This is Hampton's first-ever NIT Tournament appearance. Penn State is one of seven former NIT Champions in the 2018 field.

Penn State advanced to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals in Madison Square Garden, before being eliminated by eighth-ranked Purdue, 78-70.

NIT games are being televised by ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3. "(This season) has been about our goaltending, our defensive core and our forwards with timely scoring and that's exactly what it was tonight, a combination of those three things that allowed us to win the game". Among the notable omissions from the tournament included Middle Tennessee, USC, Saint Mary's, Notre Dame, Louisville, Marquette and Oklahoma State.

The teams traded goals in the first period as Jordan Gross and Andrew Peeke scored for Notre Dame while Nate Sucese and Brandon Biro scored for Penn State.

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