MBB to Host Temple in NIT First Round
March 11, 2018
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Penn State is a No. 4 seed in the 32-team tournament and will welcome the fifth-seeded Owls. The teams are meeting for the first time since Temple won at the buzzer in a 2011 NCAA Tournament
"Playing in the postseason provides us with an incredible opportunity for our team to continue to develop and get better," said Penn State coach Patrick Chambers, who has directed the Nittany Lions to 21 victories in 2017-18, the third-highest win total in program history. "I'm proud of what our team has accomplished this season. We've made incredible strides and a lot of memories and there's more basketball to be played."
The Nittany Lions are making their first postseason appearance since 2013-14 and first NIT appearance since
Penn State finished 9-9 in the Big Ten Conference and advanced to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals for its best season since the 2010-11 campaign as it enters the NIT. The Nittany Lions have just two seniors, Shep Garner and Julian Moore, on their 2017-18 roster.
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. Penn State is one of seven former NIT Champions in the 2018 field.
The NIT first-round contest will air on ESPNU, the Penn State Sports Network
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 advanced to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals in Madison Square Garden, before being eliminated by eighth-ranked Purdue, 78-70. Sophomore guard Tony Carr was selected first-team All-Big Ten and USBWA All-District and to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team. Junior guard Josh Reaves and sophomore forward Mike Watkins were named to the Big Ten All-Defensive Team and Watkins and sophomore forward Lamar Stevens
Led by Coach Fran Dunphy, Temple was 8-10 in the American Athletic Conference and the No. 7 in the AAC Tournament. The Owls defeated Tulane and lost to No. 2 seed Wichita State in the AAC quarterfinals.
Ticket information for Wednesday's NIT
For information or to make a 2018-19 Penn State men's basketball season ticket deposit, fans should go to nittanylionfeedback.com/se/3FF63F244373D7BF or call 1-800-NITTANY, weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
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