Penn State hasn’t been to the big dance since 2011.
Pat Chambers took over the men’s basketball program the following season, and he and the Nittany Lions have had their fair share of growing pains the last six seasons. Chambers has had success on the recruiting trail in recent years, and fans are hoping that pays off in an NCAA Tournament bid in 2018.
That’s also the goal for Chambers and Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour, who spoke about the state of the men’s basketball program during a Penn State coaches caravan stop on Thursday in Altoona, Pa.
“Pat Chambers will be at the top of that list to say that’s the goal. That’s where we need to be,” Barbour said of the NCAA Tournament. “… I’m not putting any more pressure on Pat Chambers than he is on himself. [The NCAA Tournament] is the goal, that’s what we’re working for. I believe we’re making progress. It’s not a 10-year plan. The time frame is a little shorter than that.”
Chambers, who received a contract extension after the 2014-15 season, is 87-109 at Penn State. The Nittany Lions went 15-18 (6-12 Big Ten) last season and will return most of their key players in 2017-18.