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Irish miss out on NCAA tournament, will play Hampton in NIT

13 March 2018, 08:13 | Henrietta Morgan

Irish miss out on NCAA tournament, will play Hampton in NIT

Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma gestures to his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against South Florida in the American Athletic Conference tournament finals in Uncasville Conn. U

To make matters worse, Rhode Island lost in the A-10 tournament championship, which gave an automatic bid to a Davidson team that was not otherwise being considered and made one less at-large bid available, which Rhode Island received.

The Pirates blew their shot at an NCAA Tournament berth this season.

The Irish will instead be a #1 seed in the NIT and host Hampton in the 1st round Tuesday at 9pm. 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.

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Irish miss out on NCAA tournament, will play Hampton in NIT

"I thought that we had played our way into the field given where we were in January and early February". I have prepared them for the NIT the last month, [so] we've been very realistic about how this could go.

"Our guys, after a season of gut punches, that was another gut punch today", Coach Mike Brey said.

For the first time in his four years at Notre Dame, New Bedford's Bonzie Colson II won't play in the NCAA Tournament.

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The Irish's resume included wins over Florida State, Wichita State and North Carolina State, but they lost to Ball State, Indiana and suffered an ugly loss to Michigan State. "I know we beat (the Orange) on their floor".

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

Other first round games include Temple at Penn State, Rider at Oregon, Harvard at Marquette, Nebraska at Mississippi State, Vermont at Middle Tennessee, Northern Kentucky at Louisville, Boston College at Western Kentucky, BYU at Stanford, FGCU at Oklahoma State, Boise State at Washington, Louisiana at LSU, UC Davis at Utah. Senior guard Matt Farrell also was sidelined for five games with an ankle injury.

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Now, the Irish will look ahead to playing in the NIT.

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. "It's nearly kind of a fitting end to kind of how our season (went)".

The NIT begins play in a couple of days.

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