The NIT semi-final matchup between Penn State and Notre Dame is slated for 9 p.m. tonight.
It will be one of the best matchups of the year for both teams, a rematch of the 2000 NIT semi-final where Notre Dame won 73-52. At least 12,000 are expected at Madison Square Garden.
Penn State students will be there in droves (at least 16 buses) to rally in the theatre lobby at 6:30 p.m. as their school plays in its fifth NIT semi-final appearance. Fans are welcome to join the rally only if they have a ticket to the game. There is no re-entry into the Garden if anyone leaves after the rally.
Notre Dame (21-14) and Penn State (25-11) are both No. 2 seeds in the tournament. The winner advances to the final against the winner of the Baylor/San Diego game. Tonight's contest will be televised on ESPN2.
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