The 2018 NIT Bracket Has Been Released

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Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

As the Lions gathered in the film room to watch the selection show - the first time they've ever even been close enough to watch together for the past seven years - Penn State wasn't even among the first four out. The NIT second round will feature the victor of the Penn State-Temple game against the victor of Tuesday's Notre Dame-Hampton contest, with second round date, location and time to be announced. The Nittany Lions reached the quarterfinals of the College Basketball Invitational in 2014 following a 16-18 record.

After not making the NCAA Tournament, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish earned a No. 1 seed in the NIT.

Cale Morris made 43 saves for Notre Dame.

It was 2-2 after one period and remained that way until the final minute when Jenkins scored the game victor.

Saint Mary's may be the most unexpected omission from this year's tournament.

-Notre Dame held the slim 47-45 advantage in shots while each team went 1-for-3 with the man-advantage.

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

This is the first time in Penn State coach Patrick Chambers' tenure that the Nittany Lions are playing in the NIT and just the second time they've seen the postseason (2014 CBI).

The MEAC is 3-12 all-time in the National Invitation Tournaments with wins coming in 2006 (Delaware State), 1995 (Coppin State) and 1974 (Maryland-Eastern Shore).

-With one goal and one assist each in the first period, Biro and Sucese collect their eighth and fourth multi-point games of the season, respectively.

Despite missing out on March Madness, Carr and the Nittany Lions still have a trophy to get after, a trophy Penn State won in 2009.

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