Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

NCAA Tournament Snubs 2018: Who Didn't Make the Cut?

NCAA Tournament Snubs 2018: Who Didn't Make the Cut?

And in case you haven't been paying attention to the way the NCAA has been dealing with Notre Dame lately, they weren't going to do Notre Dame any favors. Winning three of their last five, the Irish beat tournament bound Virginia Tech and came within five points of beating Virginia.

USC coach Andy Enfield said he was shocked to see the Trojans didn't get a bid for the NCAA Tournament on Sunday night. "We are excited about the tournament and we think it will be as competitive a field as we've ever had".

First round action, on campus sites, features number one seeds Baylor, Notre Dame, Saint Mary's and Southern California hosting Wagner, Hampton, Southeastern Louisiana and UNC Asheville, respectively. Bonzie Colson leads four in double figures for Notre Dame averaging 20.2 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. "But I had prepared them for the NIT the last month".

"I thought that we had played our way into the field given where we were in January and early February".

"It's kind of a fitting end to how our season went", Brey said.

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. "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". Should the Irish beat the Pirates (19-15, 12-4 MEAC), they will take on the victor of No. 4-seed Penn State and No. 5-seed Temple, though the time of the second-round game is not yet decided. Matt Farrell is next averaging 16.8 points and over five assists per game. "It's tough, but we sat in the locker room and talked about the NIT, and this group hasn't really played together a lot and we enjoy being around each other".

Coming into his senior season, Colson was named the ACC Preseason Player of the Year, the Blue Ribbons Preseason National Player of the Year and Preseason All-American by the Associated Press, Sports Illustrated, the Sporting News and The Athletic.

Notre Dame, making its 13th appearance in the NIT, will play Hampton in the first round. Playing their best basketball late in the season, the Pirates could cause the Irish some problems in the first round of the NIT.

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