Penn State Accepts NIT Bid, Will Host Temple in Opening Round

By Chad Markulics on March 11, 2018 at 8:37 pm
Mar 1, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions forward John Harrar (21) and guard Tony Carr (10) and guard Jamari Wheeler (5) and guard Josh Reaves (23) react against the Northwestern Wildcats during the first half of a second round game of the 2018 Big Ten Tournament at Madison Square Garden.

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Penn State's NCAA Tournament dreams were dashed on Selection Sunday, but the Nittany Lions' season isn't done just yet. They'll participate in the 2018 National Invitational Tournament, the program's first NIT bid since they won the tournament championship back in 2008-09.

The Lions will host fifth-seeded Temple (17-15, 8-10) in the opening round. The game will tip off at 8:00 p.m on Wednesday evening, and air on ESPNU.

The Owls, of course, defeated Penn State in their last major postseason appearance in 2011 have never played Penn State in postseason play before. The winner of this Philly-flavored matchup will get the winner of top-seeded Notre Dame and Hampton in round two.

This year's NIT will feature a set of experimental rules:

  • The three-point line will be extended to FIBA distance (22 feet, 1.75 inches)
  • The lane will be widened to NBA width, from 12 feet to 16 feet
  • Games will be divided into four 10 minute quarters, with five fouls marking the bonus and team foul counts resetting at every interval
  • The shot clock will reset to 20 seconds after an offensive rebound instead of a full 30-second reset

More on Temple this week.

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