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NCAA snubs USC, Notre Dame among NIT field

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Becky Salazar | 12 March, 2018, 11:18

Notre Dame, Oregon, and Rider are among the teams that fill out Penn State's corner of the field.

Here's a look at the 2018 NIT bracket and site schedule.

Penn State basketball is headed to the NIT and will face Temple at the Bryce Jordan Center on Wednesday the tournament announced on Sunday night.

This year the NIT will a number of new rules, including extending the three-point line approximately one foot and eight inches, the same distance used by FIBA for worldwide competition (22 feet, 1.75 inches). The first round will take place on March 13 and 14; the second round will be played March 15-19; the quarterfinals will be March 20 and 21.

Penn State last played in the NCAA Tournament in 2011. They reached the semifinals of the conference tournament in MSG before being eliminated by Purdue.

"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. This is Hampton's first-ever NIT Tournament appearance.

The NIT first-round contest will air on ESPNU, the Penn State Sports Network and GoPSUsports.com.

-With a pair of first period assists, Autio secures his second multi-point game this season and just the fourth of his career. A loss to Rider and hard setbacks across the Big Ten schedule haunted a Penn State team that clearly had the talent but not quite the resume for a NCAA bid. Sophomore guard Tony Carr was selected first-team All-Big Ten and USBWA All-District and to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team.

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