The Nittany Lions didn't make the NCAA tournament after finishing this year with a 21-13 record.
But it was not to be. "We're going to get up tomorrow, we're going to get better, we're going to compete in one of the better NIT brackets I've seen in a long time".
Penn State finished 9-9 in the Big Ten Conference and advanced to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals for its best season since the 2010-11 campaign as it enters the NIT. Sophomore guard Tony Carr was selected first-team All-Big Ten and USBWA All-District and to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team. "Notre Dame was a unique situation from the standpoint that they had a couple kids that they played without for part of the year, they just didn't have enough on their resume to be in as an at-large... even with Bonzie [Colson]". Friends taking on friends for an intriguing meeting between two teams that came up a bit short of their bigger goals.
The Nittany Lions and Owls will square off either Tuesday of Wednesday in the Bryce Jordan Center.
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The return to the NIT marks the first time Penn State has played in the tournament since winning it in 2009 with a victory over Baylor.
The University of Notre Dame men's basketball team, confirmed by the 2018 NCAA Championship selection committee as the the final team eliminated from consideration for the NCAA tournament, has been designated as one of four number-one seeds in the 2018 National Invitation Tournament. "Of course we wanted to play in the NCAA Tournament, but we want to play".
Penn State's Brandon Biro (10) against Robert Morris in the first period on December 9, 2017. "We are excited about the tournament and we think it will be as competitive a field as we've ever had".