Penn State basketball misses 2018 NCAA Tournament bid

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Here's a look at the 2018 NIT bracket and site schedule. At full strength, many thought Notre Dame would be an incredibly risky out in the NCAA Tournament and they would have had the chance to test that thinking if not for the Davidson victory on Sunday.

This year the NIT will a number of new rules, including extending the three-point line approximately one foot and eight inches, the same distance used by FIBA for global competition (22 feet, 1.75 inches).

As for the Lions, they appear set to make this year's NCAA tournament, but it is not a guarantee at 18-14-5. Hampton has made the NCAA Tournament three times (2011, 2015,2016) and the College Basketball Invitational (2014, 2017).

"I thought they were really going to hold the Quad 1, the metrics, I thought they were going to hold some weight with 21 wins, two wins in the Big Ten Tournament, an unranked team beating a ranked team and all those fabulous statistics, but it didn't hold true", Chambers said Sunday night.

Notre Dame is making its 12th appearance in the NIT and first since the end of the 2009 season. Penn State is one of seven former NIT Champions in the 2018 field. Among the notable omissions from the tournament included Middle Tennessee, USC, Saint Mary's, Notre Dame, Louisville, Marquette and Oklahoma State.

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NIT games are being televised by ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.

Temple beat Tulane, 82-77 in a first-round American Athletic Conference game before losing to Wichita State, 89-81.

Penn State advanced to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals in Madison Square Garden, before being eliminated by eighth-ranked Purdue, 78-70.

Ticket information for Wednesday's NIT first round game has been distributed to season ticket holders and will be posted on GoPSUsports.com and on Penn State Athletics' social media channels.

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