USC, Notre Dame, Baylor and Saint Mary's grabbed No. 1 seeds for the National Invitation Tournament after their NCAA bubble burst, and Louisville, Oklahoma State, Middle Tennessee and OR joined them in the 32-team field.
With the win the Fighting Irish move on to next Saturday's Big Ten Tournament Championship game where they will face the victor of the Ohio State vs. MI game while Penn State will await a possible at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament during the selection show next Sunday.
Penn State last played in the NCAA Tournament in 2011.
Pat Chambers' team earned a four-seed on its side bracket and will host Temple in the first round of the tournament. "I'm proud of what our team has accomplished this season".
The 2018 National Invitation Tournament begins Tuesday March, 13, and runs through Thursday, March 29.
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Penn State advanced to the semifinals of the Big 10 tournament before losing 78-70 to Purdue.
The return to the NIT marks the first time Penn State has played in the tournament since winning it in 2009 with a victory over Baylor. The victor will face either Penn State or Temple in the second round. 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.
Other notable matchups include Marquette taking on Harvard on Wednesday night, and Louisville hosting Northern Kentucky on Tuesday night.
-Jones breaks his own Big Ten Tournament record of 118 saves during the 2017 tournament as he finishes the 2018 tournament with 121 saves. Junior guard Josh Reaves and sophomore forward Mike Watkins were named to the Big Ten All-Defensive Team and Watkins and sophomore forward Lamar Stevens were selected honorable-mention All-Big Ten.
Hampton earned an automatic bid to the NIT by virtue of their regular-season title in the Mideastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). The Owls defeated Tulane and lost to No. 2 seed Wichita State in the AAC quarterfinals.