Hampton to play at Notre Dame in NIT opening round

Florence Fletcher
March 13, 2018

It was a sour Selection Sunday for Southern California and Notre Dame. Notre Dame is also 1-4 ATS in their last five Tuesday games and 1-4 ATS in their last five non-conference games.

But the noteworthy NCAA Tournament snubs have helped create quite a field for the NIT. "We deserve to be in the NCAA Tournament".

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.

The Irish's resume included wins over Florida State, Wichita State and North Carolina State, but they lost to Ball State, Indiana and suffered an ugly loss to Michigan State.

"It's kind of a fitting end to how our season went", Brey said. I guess they had a better strength of schedule and that got them in. Matt Farrell is next averaging 16.8 points and over five assists per game.

Of that group, Alabama, Texas, Syracuse and UCLA made the field of 68 - with the latter two programs, Saint Bonaventure and Arizona State composing the tournament's "Last Four In".

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"I love Tommy Amaker", Wojciechowski said.

Other notable matchups include Marquette taking on Harvard on Wednesday night, and Louisville hosting Northern Kentucky on Tuesday night. "I know we beat (the Orange) on their floor".

How have the Fighting Irish been playing as of late?

When asked about how the team will turn around mentally, Brey said that task falls to the players, specifically the seniors.

When Notre Dame lost to Miami in the final week of the season ti set up a scenario where the Irish needed to either beat #1 ranked UVA in the season finale or win at least three games in the ACC Tournament to ensure their selection. "It's nearly kind of a fitting end to kind of how our season (went)". "The NIT was never the goal - nobody wants to play in it - but since we're in it, we're going to try and make the most out of it and win the whole thing".

As a junior, when he was the only ACC player to average a double-double, Colson was named to the Associated Press All-American Third Team, All-ACC First Team, ACC All-Tournament First Team and was a finalist for the Karl Malone and Wooden Awards.

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