After missing NCAA tournament, Penn State's NIT future revealed

Virginia beats North Carolina

The teams are meeting for the first time since Temple won at the buzzer in a 2011 NCAA Tournament first round game.

After expectedly missing the NCAA tournament - Penn State was barely on the bubble - the Nittany Lions host Temple as a No. 4 seed. "I'm proud of what our team has accomplished this season".

Notre Dame improves to 24-9-2 on the year while the Nittany Lions fall to 18-14-5 overall.

Despite a goal and assist each from sophomores Brandon Biro (Sherwood Park, Alb.) and Nate Sucese (Fairport, N.Y.), fourth-seeded Penn State was defeated by top-seed Notre Dame, 3-2, this evening in a Big Ten semifinal matchup at Compton Family Ice Arena.

For the first time since 2009, Penn State will play in the National Invitation Tournament.

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Baylor, Notre Dame, Saint Mary's, and USC were the final four teams to be left out of the field for the 2018 NCAA Tournament, which was revealed Sunday.

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.

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

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. Penn State beat the Buckeyes in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals on March 2, but fell to Purdue in the semifinals.

"We came out of our zone with speed and we had a couple good opportunities", Irish coach Jeff Jackson explained. "In general, the Big Ten didn't get much respect".

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