Temple vs. Penn State: 2018 NIT First Round Preview

Temple vs. Penn State: 2018 NIT First Round Preview

Temple vs. Penn State: 2018 NIT First Round Preview

Instead, they will play in the NIT. The game will tip-off at 8:00 p.m. and be televised by ESPNU. Temple (17-15) is a two-time NIT Champion, winning in 1938 and 1969. Tournament snubs such as Southern California, Saint Mary's, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State and Louisville will take part in the 2018 NIT. The Owls also have two third-place finishes, the first in 1957 and more recently in 2002.

Temple has been flailing lately, and they've had a few difficulties on offense as well.

Notre Dame is making its 13th appearance in the NIT. The Owls held off Tulane, 82-77 for a win in the AAC First Round.

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-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. After the Nittany Lions and Fighting Irish each scored two goals in the first period of their game, junior forward Jack Jenkins found the net for the Irish with 31 seconds left in regulation, giving Notre Dame that last-minute win.

No. 4 Penn State (21-13) finished 9-9 in the Big Ten Conference and advanced to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals. No. 5 Temple in the second round (date TBA). Penn State has not been selected since their 2011 appearance, from which they were eliminated with a 66-64 loss to Temple.

During the preseason, the Irish defeated Wichita State, who earned a No. 4 seed in the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

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Calvin Mende led Penn State with 10 kills.

It was expected that Penn State's three wins against Ohio State would carry some weight, but the harsh reality of Penn State being able to compete with many teams in the tournament versus having the resume to actually get in proved to be too much for Pat Chambers' group to overcome.

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Tony Carr leads the way for the Nittany Lions on 19.9 PPG this year, and Lamar Stevens has 14.9 PPG. Redshirt sophomore Mike Watkins pulls down a team-leading 8.9 rebounds per game while averaging 12.1 ppg. In that one, Penn State guard Shep Garner logged 33 points.

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