Notre Dame vs. Hampton: 2018 NIT First Round Preview

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After three days of speculation about whether or not the Irish would get the benefit of the doubt from the committee now that they are nearly back to full strength, we found out Bonzie Colson and Matt Farrell would not get one more chance to lead the Irish on a tournament run.

Notre Dame played the majority of its ACC season without pre-season All American Bonzie Colson who had surgery on his foot in January and missed 15 games before returning for the final two games of the regular season and the ACC Tournament.

By the way, remember when Notre Dame beat Syracuse on their own court without their best two players and then Syracuse got in over the Irish?

With another NCAA Tournament bid off the table, Notre Dame is headed to the NIT as a #1 seed where they will face off against Hampton Tuesday at 9:00 on ESPN at Purcell Pavillion. The Irish's last NIT appearance came in 2009, when they reached the semifinals.

"I love Tommy Amaker", Wojciechowski said.

As it happens, U.S.C., along with Louisville and Oklahoma State who were also snubbed, is embroiled in the F.B.I. probe into corruption among basketball programs. "It's nearly kind of a fitting end to kind of how our season (went)". Tops for the Irish in that one was Bonzie Colson with 18 points.

"Notre Dame was a unique situation from the stand point that they had a couple of kids that they played without for part of the year", Rasmussen said.

The Irish (20-14) were the first team outside of the field of 68 when the brackets were announced Sunday night, meaning Colson's career in South Bend will end with a trip to the NIT.

As much as Notre Dame could've been an intriguing team, 2018 just wasn't its year.

The Pirates blew their shot at an NCAA Tournament berth this season. Led by junior guard Asia Durr and senior forward Myisha Hines-Allen, they've outscored opponents by an average of 19.7 points this season with four players putting up more than 8 points per game. Still, I think Hampton has the offense to keep up here so I'm leaning that way.

"I told them I had two teams that handled it differently", Brey said. Unfortunately, without him, they lost to teams like Georgia Tech amid a seven-game losing streak. Syracuse was the last team in the tournament and Notre Dame was the first team left out.