Baylor, Saint Mary's lead snubs from the 2018 NCAA Tournament field

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The victor of that game will advance to face the victor of No. 1 seed Notre Dame and eight seed Hampton.

Hampton University's ultimate goal of making the NCAA tournament for the third time in four years was derailed Saturday afternoon with a loss in the MEAC final.

-The Nittany Lions answered taking advantage of the power-play as senior Erik Autio (Espoo, Finland) blasted a shot on goal and Biro collected the rebound on the left side of the net and sent a saucer pass to Sucese who one-timed a shot into a yawning net for the 1-1 tie at 11:43 of the opening frame.

Penn State will not be repeating as Big Ten champions in men's hockey. The Nittany Lions reached the quarterfinals of the College Basketball Invitational in 2014 following a 16-18 record.

-Notre Dame responded with a power-play tally of its own as Andrew Peeke was able to rip home a rebound on the right side of the crease for the 2-1 lead at 14:03 of the first period.

With Colson back, Notre Dame beat Pitt and Virginia Tech then played Duke tough in the first half during the ACC Tournament last week.

Notre Dame began the season 13-3 and was ranked as high as No. 5 nationally. He returned just before the ACC tournament.

Notre Dame comes into the NIT as one of the favorites to win the whole thing. But the Pirates fell short of the championship by losing 71-63 to North Carolina Central Saturday afternoon.

NIT games are being televised by ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.

"We put ourselves in position where we can continue to play basketball", he said.

"We came out of our zone with speed and we had a couple good opportunities", Irish coach Jeff Jackson explained.

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