The NIT championship game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Utah Utes tips off Thursday at Madison Square Garden in a nationally televised contest at 7 p.m. ET.
The Nittany Lions rolled Mississippi State, 75-60, in one semifinal, while the Utes squeezed past Western Kentucky, 69-64, in the other. Now, the winners play for the NIT crown at Madison Square Garden.
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