After the Nittany Lions and Fighting Irish each scored two goals in the first period of their game, junior forward Jack Jenkins found the net for the Irish with 31 seconds left in regulation, giving Notre Dame that last-minute win.
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 first three rounds of the 2018 NIT will be played on the campuses of the higher-seeded teams (the only exception: No. 5 Washington will host No. 4 Boise State because Boise is an NCAA Tournament site). With Colson, the Irish beat Pittsburgh on Senior Night and took the No. 1-overall seed Virginia down to the wire on the road before escaping with two wins in the ACC tournament in Brooklyn over Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech.
Top rebounder Mike Watkins missed the final four games of the season, and his up-in-the-air status likely hurt both Penn State's NCAA Tournament chances and seeding in the NIT.
Penn State might be a tad disappointed to be passed over by the NCAA tournament selection committee.
That hunt begins against Temple. The Cougars (16-4, 2-0 ORI) turned back No. 8 Lewis in today's first match, 25-19, 18-25, 25-23, 26-24.
Notre Dame is 14-3 all-time at Purcell Pavilion in the NIT.
Rider (22-9) at OR (22-12), 10 p.m.
Temple is coming off an appearance in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference Championships, losing 89-81 in a hard-fought game against #11/14 Wichita State.
Vermont-Middle Tennessee victor vs. Temple is also 2-6-1 ATS in their last nine Wednesday games and 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven non-conference games.
Semifinal winners, 8 p.m.
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