"Sometimes life sucks, it is what it is", Farrell told reporters on Selection Sunday. Penn State is one of seven former NIT Champions in the 2018 field.
Hampton lost a 71-63 final on Saturday to N.C. Central in the MEAC Championship.
The Nittany Lions won the National Invitation Tournament in that last appearance nine years ago, when Talor Battle and Jamelle Cornley led the Blue and White over Baylor 69-63 in the NIT Championship Game. While it prepares for the Bulldogs, UCLA and Arizona State are headed for the NCAA Tournament despite finishing below the Trojans in the Pac-12 standings.
"I thought that we had played our way into the field given where we were in January and early February". The Irish also had a strong case for a spot in the NCAA tourney after preseason All-American Bonzie Colson returned from a broken left foot. Exact dates of the second round and quarterfinal games will be announced at a later date.
-Freshman Alex Limoges (Winchester, Va.) sees his career-best five-game point-streak snapped as he was held off the scoresheet.
The Nittany Lions own a 22-9 all-time mark in their 10 previous NIT appearances and are 6-4 in NIT first round games.
The teams traded goals in the first period as Jordan Gross and Andrew Peeke scored for Notre Dame while Nate Sucese and Brandon Biro scored for Penn State. Tournament snubs such as Southern California, Saint Mary's, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State and Louisville will take part in the 2018 NIT. Golden Eagles coach Steve Wojciechowski played college ball at Duke while Crimson coach and former Blue Devils guard Tommy Amaker was an assistant to Mike Krzyzewski. "He's done a fantastic job at Harvard and we know that they're really good, and so it's going to be a very hard game".