Temple set to face Penn State in National Invitation Tournament opening round

12 March, 2018, 12:16 | Author: Orlando Hughes
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"(This season) has been about our goaltending, our defensive core and our forwards with timely scoring and that's exactly what it was tonight, a combination of those three things that allowed us to win the game".

Penn State basketball is headed to the NIT and will face Temple at the Bryce Jordan Center on Wednesday the tournament announced on Sunday night.

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. We'll have more on that matchup later this week. The Irish boast a 26-10 lifetime record in the event (what was the original precursor to the NCAA Championship tournament) and advanced to the title game in 1973, 1984, 1992 and 2000.

The field is made up of the 32 best teams that failed to make the 2018 NCAA Tournament; the bracket was revealed after the NCAA Tournament Selection Show. The Nittany Lions have just two seniors, Shep Garner and Julian Moore, on their 2017-18 roster.

Penn State's Brandon Biro (10) against Robert Morris in the first period on December 9, 2017.

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Below is information on the important dates and locations for the 2018 NIT.

Among some of the other 2018 NIT participants are: Boston College, LSU, Louisville, Marquette, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Saint Mary's, Southern California, Stanford, Utah, and Washington.

The NIT first-round contest will air on ESPNU, the Penn State Sports Network and GoPSUsports.com. Penn State beat the Buckeyes in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals on March 2, but fell to Purdue in the semifinals.

Penn State, which went 21-13 this season, will settle for the NIT.

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