Penn State (21-13) had an uneven regular season, with a pair of big wins against Ohio State but bad losses to Indiana and Northwestern. In the end, the Nittany Lions’ résumé didn’t make the cut for the NCAA Tournament, though Penn State coach Pat Chambers thought his team deserved a bid.
“We thought we had the metrics. We thought we made a good run in the [Big Ten Tournament] semis. We thought we deserved to hear our name today. But we didn’t. So I told ’em, ‘Hey, let’s be disappointed for a little bit, but let’s look forward to what the NIT has to offer,’ ” Chambers said Sunday.
Penn State has not qualified for the NCAA Tournament since 2011.
— Penn State On BTN (@PennStateOnBTN) March 12, 2018
Penn State earned a No. 4 seed in the NIT and will host No. 5 seed Temple in the first round on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ESPNU will televise the game.
The Nittany Lions last appeared in the NIT in 2009, when they beat George Mason, Rhode Island, Florida, Notre Dame and Baylor to win the tournament.
Guard Tony Carr (19.9 points per game) and forward Lamar Stevens (14.9 points per game) will look to lead Penn State to a similar level of success in the NIT this season.