Irish Earn Top Seed In Postseason NIT

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With the win the Fighting Irish move on to next Saturday's Big Ten Tournament Championship game where they will face the victor of the Ohio State vs. MI game while Penn State will await a possible at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament during the selection show next Sunday. A loss to Rider and hard setbacks across the Big Ten schedule haunted a Penn State team that clearly had the talent but not quite the resume for a NCAA bid.

Pat Chambers' team earned a four-seed on its side bracket and will host Temple in the first round of the tournament.

The Nittany Lions had three wins over Ohio State, but could not pick up other victories against top Big Ten teams. "We are excited about the tournament and we think it will be as competitive a field as we've ever had". That's why we won a couple at the Big Ten Tournament at the Garden.

USC will play UNC Asheville on Tuesday night in its first appearance in the NIT since 1999.


The good news, if such a thing exists for the program at this juncture, the Nittany Lions will face a Temple team littered with familiar faces as Penn State team with plenty of Philadelphia connections of its own.

The Nittany Lions and Owls will square off either Tuesday of Wednesday in the Bryce Jordan Center. We'll have more on that matchup later this week.

The Owls (17-15) earned the No. 5 seed in their bracket, while Penn State (21-13) is the No. 4 seed. The two assists also tie him with junior Andrew Sturtz (Buffalo, N.Y.) for third all-time at Penn State and his 58 career points are now just two shy of Luke Juha '16 for the most all-time by a Nittany Lion defenseman.

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