MEN'S BASKETBALL: Notre Dame blows out Hampton in NIT opener

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Notre Dame blows out Hampton in NIT opener

Irish senior forward Martinas Geben goes up over a Hampton defender in Notre Dame's 84-63 win over the Pirates in the first round of the NIT on Tuesday at Purcell Pavilion.

Dawn Staley's team has been to two of the last three Final Fours, with a Sweet 16 exit in between the appearances in 2016. However, their regular season SEC crown and 32-1 record earned them the top seed in the Kansas City Region.

It's been a rough year for the UConn men's basketball team, but the UConn women showed once again that they're the best team in college basketball.

The Irish extended the lead in the second quarter thanks to sophomore guard T.J. Gibbs shooting 2-of-2 from behind the NIT tournament's extended 3-point line - one of the unique rule changes, much like the division of the game into 10-minute quarters instead of 20-minute halves, that the NCAA instituted for the tournament. Mississippi State was a two past year and they played for the national championship.

UConn, which has been a No. 1 seed every year since 2007, opens up against 16-seed Saint Francis (Pennsylvania) on Saturday morning. "Hopefully, some of those UConn fans who got so excited about what we were able to do previous year will stay for the second part of Saturday's doubleheader and root us on".

"I'm really proud of this group", Brey said. I love playing Friday at 5.

First timers: Northern Colorado, Mercer, Seattle, Nicholls St. NCU earned a surprising No. 10 seed, and the Bears have a chance to notch a win Friday against MI in Waco.

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Stanford potentially is headed to Lexington for the third straight year if it can advance. Joining the Huskies as top seeds are 2017 runner-up Mississippi State, Notre Dame and Louisville.

In a regular season matchup between UConn and SC in February, the UConn women defeated SC by 25 points. Spoiler: UConn is going to make it!

The Big Dance is here and the tickets to the big event have been punched for 64 women's basketball teams across the nations who are preparing for the First Round of the 2018 women's basketball tournament.

Snubbed? Purdue, Rutgers, USC, West Virginia.

Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey said he felt his guys were over the disappointment of not making the NCAA Tournament field during Monday's practice.

Thirty-two conferences were granted automatic bids for the championship and the remaining 32 teams were selected at-large. "We went through those resumes and their body of work".

Everyone who follows women's basketball turned their eyes to the Albany region once the bracket was released. "But we've got a long way to go between now and then". No. 9 Quinnipiac, 1:30 p.m., Saturday No. 5 Duke vs.

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