Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Penn State Basketball Earns NIT Invite, Its First Postseason Bid Since 2014

Penn State Basketball Earns NIT Invite, Its First Postseason Bid Since 2014

"Watching some of the teams that are in it, this is a terrific field with many good teams and many which are feeling they were probably slighted by the NCAA Tournament".

Penn State is a No. 4 seed in the 32-team tournament and will welcome the fifth-seeded Owls.

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

This is the second team in the seven-year Pat Chambers era to play in a postseason tournament. "I'm proud of what our team has accomplished this season".

"We are excited to be in this year's 2018 NIT field", Temple coach Fran Dunphy said in a conference call with reporters.

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-The Nittany Lions answered taking advantage of the power-play as senior Erik Autio (Espoo, Finland) blasted a shot on goal and Biro collected the rebound on the left side of the net and sent a saucer pass to Sucese who one-timed a shot into a yawning net for the 1-1 tie at 11:43 of the opening frame. Penn State beat the Buckeyes in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals on March 2, but fell to Purdue in the semifinals.

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. The victor will face either Penn State or Temple in the second round. The victor of that game will advance to face the victor of No. 1 seed Notre Dame and eight seed Hampton.

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 semifinal matches and the championship game both take place in Madison Square Garden on March 27-29.

-Jones breaks his own Big Ten Tournament record of 118 saves during the 2017 tournament as he finishes the 2018 tournament with 121 saves.

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