As for the Lions, they appear set to make this year's NCAA tournament, but it is not a guarantee at 18-14-5. The Blue and White narrowly missed a berth to its first NCAA Tournament since 2011 following a season that included three victories over ranked Ohio State, and an impressive showing in the conference tournament.
Despite a goal and assist each from sophomores Brandon Biro (Sherwood Park, Alb.) and Nate Sucese (Fairport, N.Y.), fourth-seeded Penn State was defeated by top-seed Notre Dame, 3-2, this evening in a Big Ten semifinal matchup at Compton Family Ice Arena.
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.
"I thought they were really going to hold the Quad 1, the metrics, I thought they were going to hold some weight with 21 wins, two wins in the Big Ten Tournament, an unranked team beating a ranked team and all those fabulous statistics, but it didn't hold true", Chambers said Sunday night.
The full field of 32 teams was announced on Sunday night after the NCAA Tournament's 68 teams were announced.
Here's a look at the 2018 NIT bracket and site schedule.
-With a pair of first period assists, Autio secures his second multi-point game this season and just the fourth of his career.
-Jones breaks his own Big Ten Tournament record of 118 saves during the 2017 tournament as he finishes the 2018 tournament with 121 saves.
Hampton earned an automatic bid to the NIT by virtue of their regular-season title in the Mideastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).
The Owls (17-15) earned the No. 5 seed in their bracket, while Penn State (21-13) is the No. 4 seed.