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Penn State men's hockey Big Ten title hopes come to an end at Notre Dame; Lions now await NCAA fate

It was a sour Selection Sunday for Southern California and Notre Dame. Penn State is one of seven former NIT Champions in the 2018 field.

The Trojans (23-11) finished second to Arizona in the Pac-12 this season and lost 75-61 to the Wildcats in the final of the conference tournament Saturday night.

The Nittany Lions won the National Invitation Tournament in that last appearance nine years ago, when Talor Battle and Jamelle Cornley led the Blue and White over Baylor 69-63 in the NIT Championship Game.

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

Notre Dame (20-14) had one of the most intriguing bubble cases after preseason All-American Bonzie Colson missed 15 games with a broken left foot. The NIT second-round will feature the victor of the Penn State-Temple game against the victor of Tuesday's Notre Dame-Hampton contest, with second round date, location and time to be announced. Matt Farrell is next averaging 16.8 points and over five assists per game. "We were very realistic about how this could go given where we were today with our resume and the whole bit".

The teams traded goals in the first period as Jordan Gross and Andrew Peeke scored for Notre Dame while Nate Sucese and Brandon Biro scored for Penn State. It tops the field with 26 wins in the tourney.

Other first round games include Temple at Penn State, Rider at Oregon, Harvard at Marquette, Nebraska at Mississippi State, Vermont at Middle Tennessee, Northern Kentucky at Louisville, Boston College at Western Kentucky, BYU at Stanford, FGCU at Oklahoma State, Boise State at Washington, Louisiana at LSU, UC Davis at Utah. Golden Eagles coach Steve Wojciechowski and Crimson coach Tommy Amaker each played for Mike Krzyzewski at Duke.

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