USC, Notre Dame highlight many notable NIT matchups

Saint Mary's is among the most surprising exclusions from the 2018 NCAA Tournament field. | L.E. Baskow  AP

But while Notre Dame could see the bubble, hear the bubble and maybe even smell the bubble, the Irish couldn't quite grab a spot in the NCAA tournament's field of 68 teams, as the NCAA selection committee relegated Notre Dame to the NIT on Sunday.

Muffet McGraw and Notre Dame are no strangers to success in the NCAA tournament - she's made five trips to the NCAA title game in her career and seven to the Final Four.

"I am absolutely thrilled that we played our way into the field, given where we were in January and early February". "We deserve to be in the NCAA Tournament".

The Trojans (23-11) finished second to Arizona in the Pac-12 this season and lost 75-61 to the Wildcats in the final of the conference tournament Saturday night. However, the team lost to BYU, 85-72, in the semifinals of the West Coast Conference tournament. However, through it all the most powerful message Notre Dame presented in the unenviable position of having to answer questions after such an enormous disappointment was that they still had plenty to play for.

"I told them I had two teams that handled it differently", Brey said. "I know we beat (the Orange) on their floor".

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Be that as it may, the Irish - when as healthy as they appear to be right now - are one of the better teams in the country and will likely be considered a strong favorite to win the NIT by both the national media and the oddsmakers in Las Vegas. I don't have the energy to kind of go us-them, up-down. Nebraska, Louisville, USC, Saint Mary's, etc. are all really good squads. The Gaels posted a 28-5 regular season record and split their season series with Gonzaga.

Colson is also the leading scorer for the Irish on the year with 20.2 PPG and 10.1 RPG, while Matt Farrell has 16.8 PPG and 5.5 APG. The Irish and Pirates will be meeting for the first time in men's basketball on Tuesday night (Notre Dame is 5-0 all-time against teams from the MEAC).

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. The NIT will run through March 29, with its semifinals and championship game taking place at Madison Square Garden in NY.

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