USC, Notre Dame highlight many notable NIT matchups


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Also in double-figures for Notre Dame are TJ Gibbs (15.2 PPG) and Martinas Geben (10.9 PPG). Instead, with Davidson crashing the party, the Irish were the first team out.

Not every team can make the 68-team field for the NCAA Tournament, so here's a rundown of the biggest snubs from the 2018 NCAA Tournament. While it prepares for the Bulldogs, UCLA and Arizona State are headed for the NCAA Tournament despite finishing below the Trojans in the Pac-12 standings.

The Irish will instead be a #1 seed in the NIT and host Hampton in the 1st round Tuesday at 9pm. This one likely stings for Irish fans given Notre Dame won the regular season matchup on the road without Colson and Farrell. I don't have the energy to kind of go us-them, up-down. "But I had prepared them for the NIT the last month".

"Our guys, after a season of gut punches, that was another gut punch today", Coach Mike Brey said.

"I love Tommy Amaker", Wojciechowski said. "They just didn't have enough on their resume to be in as an at-large".

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"I do know we were very fairly and very thoroughly analyzed", Brey said. Top guard Matt Farrell missed five ACC games because of an ankle injury.

Other notable matchups include Marquette taking on Harvard on Wednesday night, and Louisville hosting Northern Kentucky on Tuesday night. The victor will face either Penn State or Temple in the second round.

Syracuse is likely the most surprising of that group based on Bracketology talk leading into the tournament.

How have the Fighting Irish been playing as of late?

Coming into his senior season, Colson was named the ACC Preseason Player of the Year, the Blue Ribbons Preseason National Player of the Year and Preseason All-American by the Associated Press, Sports Illustrated, the Sporting News and The Athletic. The semifinal and championship games will be played at New York's historic Madison Square Garden for the 81st year. And while you could make a case for their potential - they beat Kansas and Texas Tech, as well as bubble teams Oklahoma and Texas - they finished with an RPI of 66, were 2-9 away from home, and played a weak nonconference schedule. They really weren't interested, it was really a tough end to a season.

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