Penn State’s men’s basketball team suffered a blow on Selection Sunday when the Nittany Lions watched the field of 68 be unveiled and not see their name on the screen of teams receiving at-large bids.
Penn State ended the regular season and Big Ten Tournament with a 21-13 record overall and the NCAA Tournament selection committee decided that the Nittany Lions’ resume wasn’t good enough. The NIT, however, wanted Penn State to be a No. 4 seed in its tournament and the Nittany Lions accepted and faced No. 5 Temple in the first round.
Because of Penn State being the higher seed, the Nittany Lions hosted the first-round matchup and the NIT is being played this season in four different quarters as opposed to two halves.
The Big Ten team lost the first quarter and second quarter to go into halftime with a 29-24 deficit. The five-point deficit would increase to six, but the fourth quarter proved to be the deciding quarter.
Penn State would outscore Temple, 19-9, to win not only the quarter, but the game, 63-57, and advance to the second-round. Josh Reaves led all scorers with his 19 points and team-best 11 rebounds.
With the Nittany Lions’ win, the team will face No. 1 seeded Notre Dame at 12 p.m. on Saturday, March 17 at Notre Dame. The game will be televised on ESPN.
Related: View the full 2018 NIT bracket here
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