Hampton makes 1st NIT; faces Notre Dame

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Notre Dame improves to 24-9-2 on the year while the Nittany Lions fall to 18-14-5 overall.

Michigan State, Purdue, Ohio State and Michigan were the only Big Ten teams to receive bids to the NCAA tournament. "We've made incredible strides and a lot of memories and there's more basketball to be played".

The victor of Michigan-Ohio State, which was being played late on Saturday night, will face ND in the conference title game next weekend for the right to be called 2018 Big Ten champs after PSU won the conference a year ago. The Nittany Lions are one of seven former NIT Champions in the 2018 field.

Penn State will not be repeating as Big Ten champions in men's hockey. The late charge wasn't enough and the Irish will play Hampton in the first round of the NIT on Tuesday night.

Higher seeded teams host games until the semifinals and finals which will be March 27 and 29 at Madison Square Garden. Only three of the teams in the 2018 field appeared in the NIT in 2017.

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NIT games are being televised by ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.

Notre Dame coach Mike Brey clearly thought his team belonged, but in a season where so many things beyond their control have gone wrong for the Irish he also saw the writing on the wall to an extent.

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. The Owls defeated Tulane and lost to No. 2 seed Wichita State in the AAC quarterfinals.

Temple beat Tulane, 82-77 in a first-round American Athletic Conference game before losing to Wichita State, 89-81.

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

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