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. "We are excited about the tournament and we think it will be as competitive a field as we've ever had".
Notre Dame (20-14) had one of the most intriguing bubble cases after preseason All-American Bonzie Colson missed 15 games with a broken left foot. Matt Farrell is next averaging 16.8 points and over five assists per game.
The Nittany Lions own a 22-9 all-time mark in their 10 previous NIT appearances and are 6-4 in NIT first round games. "But I had prepared them for the NIT the last month".
Notre Dame is making its 12th appearance in the NIT and first since the end of the 2009 season.
-Notre Dame responded with a power-play tally of its own as Andrew Peeke was able to rip home a rebound on the right side of the crease for the 2-1 lead at 14:03 of the first period. The game will be on Tuesday night at 9pm at Purcell Pavillion at the Joyce Center and will be broadcasted on ESPN. Tournament snubs such as Southern California, Saint Mary's, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State and Louisville will take part in the 2018 NIT. "He's one of the finest people and classiest men in not just college basketball, but just in general".
"Playing in the postseason provides us with an incredible opportunity for our team to continue to develop and get better", said Penn State coach Patrick Chambers, who has directed the Nittany Lions to 21 victories in 2017-18, the third-highest win total in program history. "He's done a fantastic job at Harvard and we know that they're really good, and so it's going to be a very hard game".
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