Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

NCAA snubs Notre Dame, USC highlight NIT field

NCAA snubs Notre Dame, USC highlight NIT field

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.

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.

Among the biggest snubs from the NCAA Tournament field, Southern California, Notre Dame, Baylor and Saint Mary's will be the No. 1 seeds for the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) that will get underway Tuesday. I guess they had a better strength of schedule and that got them in. "It's nearly kind of a fitting end to kind of how our season (went)".

The Atlantic Coast Conference was once again one of the toughest in the nation throughout the 2017-2018 season, as evident in the nine NCAA Tournament bids it received this year. With Colson, the Irish beat Pittsburgh on Senior Night and took the No. 1-overall seed Virginia down to the wire on the road before escaping with two wins in the ACC tournament in Brooklyn over Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech.

Should the Irish win its first three games in the tournament, they will play in the NIT Final Four in Madison Square Garden on March 27th and 29th. In last year's championship game, she was the star who scored 23 points on 15 shots, and grabbed 10 boards. "I know we beat (the Orange) on their floor".

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.

Baylor (18-14) and Saint Mary's (28-5) round out the No. 1 seeds. 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. "I had a team that was really devastated it didn't get in [in 2005] and they lost to Holy Cross here". I think neither one of us are very happy with how things ended in Brooklyn. The losses that mounted as a result of those injuries were ultimately what kept Notre Dame out of the Big Dance and instead playing in the NIT.

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