Notre Dame expresses disappointment in NCAA Tournament snub

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Especially for the surprised Trojans.

Jack Jenkins scored the game winning goal with 30 seconds left as the Notre Dame hockey team defeated Penn State 3-2 Saturday night in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals in front of a great crowd at the Compton Family Ice Arena.

Penn State basketball is heading back to the NIT for the first time since 2009, after a 21-13 record and a trip to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals.

"We are excited to be in this year's 2018 NIT field", Temple coach Fran Dunphy said in a conference call with reporters.

"I thought that we had played our way into the field given where we were in January and early February". 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. Senior guard Matt Farrell also was sidelined for five games with an ankle injury.

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. "We were very realistic about how this could go given where we were today with our resume and the whole bit".

Notre Dame is making its 12th appearance in the NIT and first since the end of the 2009 season.

First round action, on campus sites, features number one seeds Baylor, Notre Dame, Saint Mary's and Southern California hosting Wagner, Hampton, Southeastern Louisiana and UNC Asheville, respectively. The game will be on Tuesday night at 9pm at Purcell Pavillion at the Joyce Center and will be broadcasted on ESPN. "He's one of the finest people and classiest men in not just college basketball, but just in general. He's done a fantastic job at Harvard and we know that they're really good, and so it's going to be a very hard game".

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