Penn State and Notre Dame meet in the second round of the 2018 NIT on Saturday, March 17 in a matchup of two Power 5 schools. Find game information, including the time, TV channel and online streaming information for the contest below.
The Nittany Lions enter the tournament as a No. 4 seed after missing out on the NCAA Tournament as a lower-end bubble team and sport a 22-13 record. Their last game was a win over No. 5 seed Temple to open the NIT on Wednesday.
The Fighting Irish are a No. 1 seed out of the ACC and comes in at 21-14. They too missed out on the tournament after the return of star player Bonzie Colson was not enough to put them into the tournament. Their last contest was an 84-63 win over No. 8 Hampton in the first round of the NIT on Tuesday.
2018 NIT: Penn State-Notre Dame time, game information
Time: 12 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, March 17
Location: Purcell Pavillion, Notre Dame, Ind.
NIT Tournament info: Second round
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You can watch Penn State and Notre Dame on ESPN.
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Penn State-Notre Dame basketball preview
The winner of Saturday’s game gets the winner of No. 2 Marquette and No. 3 Oregon in the tournament quarterfinals on March 20.
The Lions got as close to the NCAA Tournament as they have in years, falling a win or two short of being truly on the bubble for the dance. A loss to Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals stopped them cold.
But many inside and outside the program saw them as a tournament-caliber team and leading scorer Tony Carr is a big reason why. His 19.4 points per game and 156 assists far outpace his teammates.
With that being said, though, the Lions have four other scorers in double-digits. Lamar Stevens averages 14.8 points per game, Mike Watkins – who is currently injured and his status for the rest of the tournament is cloudy — with 12. 1 points, Shep Garner with 11 and Josh Reaves with 10.4.
Garner, the senior captain, also has 94 assists and has been making some big shots for the team of late, as has Reaves.
Watkins has been a monster on the boards with 8.9 rebounds per game, but in his absence, it’s been Stevens (6.1) and Reaves (5.2) who have done the dirty work. Bigs Julian Moore, John Harrar and Satchel Pierce have filled the void too.
Defensively, Reaves is one of the best defenders in the Big Ten if not the country with 68 steals while Watkins has 68 blocks and Stevens has 39.
As a team, the Lions average 74.3 points per game and allow just 66.6.
The Irish, on the other hand, score 75.3 points per game and allow 68.5.
Colson, despite missing a chunk of the season with a fractured foot, has 19.9 points per game in 20 contests. Behind him, Matt Farrell has 16.5 while also dealing with injury issues, TJ Gibbs has 15.3 and Martinas Geben has 11.1.
Farrell has 165 assists to lead the squad while Rex Pflueger has 108 and Gibbs has 106.
Colson averages 10.1 boards per game and Geben pulls down 8.1 to lead the Irish.
Colson also leads with 44 blocks, while a number of Irish players have over 30 steals.
The first three rounds of the NIT are played at campus sites at the higher-seeded team. The semifinals and championship will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
- First Round: Tuesday, March 13 and Wednesday, March 14
- Second Round: Thursday, March 15 through Monday, March 19
- Quarterfinals: Tuesday, March 20 and Wednesday, March 21
- Semifinals: Tuesday, March 27
- Championship: Thursday, March 29
NIT 2018: Seeds, teams
- No. 1: Baylor, Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s, USC
- No. 2: Louisville, Marquette, Oklahoma State, Utah
- No. 3: LSU, Middle Tennessee, Oregon, Stanford
- No. 4: Boise State, Mississippi State, Penn State, Western Kentucky
- No. 5: Boston College, Nebraska, Temple, Washington
- No. 6: BYU, Louisiana, Rider, Vermont
- No. 7: Florida Gulf Coast, Harvard, Northern Kentucky, UC Davis
- No. 8: Hampton, SE Louisiana, UNC Asheville, Wagner