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Lions miss out on NCAA Tourney, NIT bound

Virginia beats North Carolina Virginia celebrate winning the ACC Tournament
| 12 March, 2018, 11:18

The Nittany Lions are making their first postseason appearance since 2013-14 and first NIT appearance since2009, when Penn State won the NIT crown.

USC, Notre Dame, Baylor and Saint Mary's are the No. 1 seeds for the National Invitation Tournament.

Notre Dame's Jack Jenkins scored the game-winning goal with 31 seconds left in the Lions' and Fighting Irish's conference tournament semifinal matchup in South Bend to lift the home side to victory on Saturday night.

Still the program was optimistic about their chances of getting in with wins over tournament teams Florida State and Virginia Tech down the stretch and a hard-fought loss at No. 1 overall seeded Virginia in the regular-season finale. The Nittany Lions (21-13) will host in-state foe Temple (17-15) Wednesday, March 14 at 8 p.m.in the Bryce Jordan Center.

Penn State will not be repeating as Big Ten champions in men's hockey.

Villanova beats Providence
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Penn State has still not made an NCAA Tournament under seventh-year coach Pat Chambers.

The victor of the Notre Dame - Hampton game will face the victor of No. 4 Penn State vs.

-Jones breaks his own Big Ten Tournament record of 118 saves during the 2017 tournament as he finishes the 2018 tournament with 121 saves. "We're not done with this season and I think this is a special group and we have something special going on here so the more games we play we just want to enjoy it and not take it for granted".

"We came out of our zone with speed and we had a couple good opportunities", Irish coach Jeff Jackson explained.

"Like every year, this was an extremely challenging process but we are extremely excited about the field we were able to put together", said Reggie Minton, chair of the NIT Selection Committee.


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