Julie Jacobson, AP
Penn State guard Josh Reaves (23) dunks against Mississippi State during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the NIT, Tuesday, March 27, 2018, in New York. Penn State won 75-60. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

NEW YORK — Check out what Penn State’s hometown newspaper is reporting about Thursday night’s NIT championship game against Utah at Madison Square Garden.

The Centre Valley Times in State College, Pennsylvania, notes the Nittany Lions are quite determined to hang a banner with a win over the Utes.

“It will be remembered forever,” said guard Shep Garner. “A championship team can’t be forgotten. We want to do it."

Utah, meanwhile, is seeking its first NIT title since 1947. This is the third time the Utes have reached the finals. They finished second in 1974.

— The Utes crossed paths with a certain someone at Times Square.

— Andy Reid has kind things to say about Alex Smith. (Washington Post)

— Kyle Kuzma tackles social issues. (Los Angeles Times)

— Eric Weddle discusses his departure from San Diego on the Jim Rome Show. (CBS8.com)

As always, for more on the Utes, check out DeseretNews.com.

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