Notre Dame expresses disappointment in NCAA Tournament snub

Aubrey Yates
March 13, 2018

The victor of the Notre Dame - Hampton game will face the victor of No. 4 Penn State vs. General admission tickets are on sale now for $10 from the Notre Dame Ticket Office.

The chairman of the NCAA Selection Committee Bruce Rasmussen said Notre Dame was in the NCAA field of 68 until Davidson won and stole a spot.

The University of Notre Dame men's basketball team, confirmed by the 2018 NCAA Championship selection committee as the the final team eliminated from consideration for the NCAA tournament, has been designated as one of four number-one seeds in the 2018 National Invitation Tournament.

Saint Mary's may be the most unexpected omission from this year's tournament.

Baylor, St. Mary's and Southern California were among the first four out, while UCLA, St. Bonaventure and Arizona State joined Syracuse as the last four in. 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.

The Irish made a late push to get into the tournament field, fueled mainly by the return of senior forward Bonzie Colson, who had missed 15 games during conference play due to a fractured left foot.

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Notre Dame coach Mike Brey clearly thought his team belonged, but in a season where so many things beyond their control have gone wrong for the Irish he also saw the writing on the wall to an extent. Only three of the teams in the 2018 field appeared in the NIT in 2017.

"Obviously, it sucks", senior guard Matt Farrell said.

There are some other really fun possible matchups, too.

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? First up is a matchup against on against No. 8-seed Hampton on Tuesday at 9 p.m. With that being said, the Pirates have been one of the hottest teams since the New Year. Still, I think Hampton has the offense to keep up here so I'm leaning that way. "It's nearly kind of a fitting end to kind of how our season (went)".

Notre Dame is making its 13th appearance in the NIT.

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