Penn State Nittany Lions basketball
The Penn State Nittany Lions basketball team is an NCAA Division I college basketball team representing the Pennsylvania State University. They are a member of the Big Ten Conference and play home games at the 15,261-seat Bryce Jordan Center, moving there from Rec Hall during the 1995–96 season. Their student cheering section is known as the Legion of Blue.
|Penn State Nittany Lions|
|University||Pennsylvania State University|
|Head coach||Jim Ferry (1st, interim season)|
|Location||University Park, Pennsylvania|
|Arena||Bryce Jordan Center |
|Student section||Legion of Blue|
|Colors||Blue and White|
|NCAA Tournament Final Four|
|NCAA Tournament Elite Eight|
|NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|1952, 1954, 1955, 2001|
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|1942, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1965, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2011|
|NIT Tournament Champions|
|Conference Tournament Champions|
|Atlantic 10: 1991|
|Conference Division Season Champions|
|Eastern Collegiate League West: 1977|
The program has nine NCAA tournament appearances with its best finish coming in 1954, reaching the Final Four. Its most recent appearance was in 2011, when the team lost to the Temple Owls in the round of 64. The program also has 11 appearances in the National Invitation Tournament, with the most recent being in 2018, when they beat Utah to win the NIT championship. They also won the NIT championship in 2009.
Current coaching staffEdit
|Interim Head coach||Jim Ferry||2017||Keene State (1990)|
|Associate Head Coach||Keith Urgo||2011||Fairfield University (2002)|
|Assistant Basketball Coach||Talor Battle||2020||Penn State (2011)|
|Director of Basketball Operations||Ross Condon||2011||Villanova University (2007)|
|On Campus Recruiting Coordinator||Nicholas Colella||2015||Penn State (2013)|
|Athletic trainer||Jon Salazer||2001||Penn State (1993)|
|Director of Player Development||David Caporaletti||2011||Philadelphia University (1993)|
|Strength and conditioning coach||Greg Miskinis||2009||Penn State (2008)|
|Coach||Years||Seasons||Record||Pct.||Cnf. Record||Pct.||Cnf. Titles||Nat. Titles|
|No coach||1897–1915, 1917–1918||20||131–65–1||.668||0|
|Burke M. "Dutch" Hermann||1916–1918, 1919–32||15||148–73||.716||0|
|Earl "The Spike" Leslie||1933–36||4||29–28||.509||0–10||.000||0||0|
NCAA tournament resultsEdit
The Nittany Lions have appeared in the NCAA Tournament nine times. Their combined record is 9–11.
Regional 3rd Place Game
Regional 3rd Place Game
National 3rd Place Game
Regional 3rd Place Game
|1965||First Round||Princeton||L 58–60|
#12 Eastern Michigan
L 68–71 OT
|1996||#5||First Round||#12 Arkansas||L 80–86|
#2 North Carolina
|2011||#10||First Round||#7 Temple||L 64–66|
The Nittany Lions have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) 11 times. Their combined record is 27–9. They were NIT champions in 2009 and 2018.
|1966||First Round||San Francisco||L 77–89|
|1980||First Round||Alabama||L 49–53|
3rd Place Game
|1992||First Round||Pittsburgh||L 65–67|
3rd Place Game
3rd Place Game
|2006||Opening Round||Rutgers||L 71–76|
|W 77–73 OT|
The Nittany Lions have appeared in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) once. Their record is 1–1.
|1||Talor Battle||2,213||2007-2011||17||John Amaechi||1,310||1992-1995||33||Tony Ward||1,020||1984-1988|
|2||Lamar Stevens+||2,207||2016-2020||18||Brandon Taylor||1,289||2012-2016||34||Mike Edelman||1,019||1978-1982|
|3||Jesse Arnelle||2,138||1951-1955||19||Calvin Booth||1,288||1995-1999||35||Gene Harris||1,018||1959-1962|
|4||Joe Crispin||1,986||1997-2001||20||Dan Earl||1,256||1993-1999||36||Mike Lang||1,014||1979-1983|
|5||D.J. Newbill||1,812||2012-2015||21||Monroe Brown||1,244||1988-1992||37||Jeff Miller||1,008||1974-1978|
|6||Shep Garner||1,629||2014-2018||22||Ron Brown||1,184||1972-1974|
|7||Pete Lisicky||1,605||1994-1998||23||Mike Watkins||1,171||2016-2020|
|8||Jamelle Cornley||1,579||2005-2009||24||Carver Clinton||1,165||1963-1966|
|9||DeRon Hayes||1,570||1989-1993||25||Tony Carr||1,161||2016-2018|
|10||Tim Frazier||1,543||2009-2014||26||Mark DuMars||1,139||1958-1961|
|11||Geary Claxton||1,542||2004-2008||27||Bob Weiss||1,091||1962-1965|
|12||Tom Hovasse||1,459||1985-1989||28||Jeff Persson||1,090||1965-1968|
|13||Jarrett Stephens||1,372||1995-2000||29||Josh Reaves||1,079||2015-2019|
|14||Titus Ivory||1,369||1996-2001||30||Gyasi Cline-Heard||1,058||1997-2001|
|15||Freddie Barnes||1,342||1988-1992||31||Steve Kuhn||1,057||1976-1980|
|16||Ed Fogell||1,329||1985-1990||32||James Barnes||1,025||1987-1991|
+ 2020 B1G Tournament and 2020 NCAA Tournament cancelled due to COVID-19 Pandemic.
|1||Tim Frazier||641||2009-2014||11||Ron Brown||350||1972-1974|
|2||Freddie Barnes||600||1988-1992||12||Tony Ward||331||1984-1988|
|3||Dan Earl||574||1993-1999||13||Tony Carr||325||2016-2018|
|4||Talor Battle||517||2007-2011||14||Shep Garner||317||2014-2018|
|5||Joe Crispin||485||1997-2001||15||Josh Reaves||310||2015–2019|
|Tom Wilkinson||485||1976-1980||16||Pete Lisicky||291||1994-1998|
|7||Monroe Brown||450||1988-1992||17||D.J. Newbill||288||2012-2015|
|8||Titus Ivory||443||1996-2001||18||Brandon Watkins||287||1999-2003|
|9||Ben Luber||418||2003-2007||19||Lamar Stevens||262||2016-2020|
|1||Jesse Arnelle||1,238||1951-1955||12||Carvin Jefferson||713||1975-1979|
|2||Mike Watkins||956||2016–2020||13||Randy Meister||712||1972-1975|
|3||Mike Lang||912||1979-1983||14||Jarrett Stephens||703||1995-2000|
|4||Lamar Stevens||875||2016-2020||15||Andrew Jones||681||2007-2011|
|5||Ross Travis||816||2011-2015||16||Gyasi Cline-Heard||672||1997-2001|
The following is a list of undrafted Penn State players who have played at least one NBA regular or post-season game.
Season by Season RecordsEdit
Overcoming Historical IrrelevanceEdit
At a school where the football program captures the vast majority of media and fan interest, the basketball program has historically struggled to draw fans and administrative support. Penn State is consistently ranked near the bottom of the Big Ten in attendance and revenue, which has been attributed to local apathy and noncompetitive teams. The Bryce Jordan Center has far more seats than can regularly be filled, and large, black curtains cover parts of the upper deck during most non-conference and weekday games.
Penn State has come close to breaking through on several occasions in the 21st century, only to fall back to mediocrity. They reached the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in over 50 years in 2001 after upsetting #2 North Carolina in the Round of 32, only to fall to a 3–13 record in the Big Ten the next year. The 2008-09 and 2017-18 teams won the NIT, but did not reach the tournament the next year.
Penn State hoops reached new levels of popularity during the 2019–20 season after fielding a team that peaked at #9 in the Associated Press (AP) poll. The team hosted its first sellout since 2011 in a February showdown against Minnesota, a contest they would win 83–77, extending a mid-season win streak that would eventually reach eight games. Students rallied around the idea of Penn State as a "basketball school," and players such as seniors Lamar Stevens and Mike Watkins became household names across campus, even among non-basketball fans. In what was referred to as "the most Penn State basketball thing ever" by fans on social media, the season was cancelled prior to the start of the Big Ten Tournament due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Stevens finished only seven points from becoming Penn State's all-time leading scorer, a feat that would almost certainly have been reached had the season not been cut short. Though an NCAA Tournament bracket was never officially revealed, head coach Pat Chambers announced that the 2019-20 team would be included on the team banner of tournament appearances.
Penn State Men's Basketball Radio AffiliatesEdit
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- "Big Ten College Basketball Attendance and Ticket Sales Data From 2018-19". Stadium. 2019-08-22. Retrieved 2020-03-25.
- "A call for end of prefab noise at Bryce Jordan Center". pennlive. 2018-02-28. Retrieved 2020-03-25.
- Collegian, Justin Morganstein | The Daily. "Penn State men's basketball's sellout against Minnesota has fans appreciating special time in program history". The Daily Collegian. Retrieved 2020-03-25.
- "'Most Penn State Basketball Thing Ever': Fans React To March Madness Closure". Onward State. 2020-03-11. Retrieved 2020-03-25.
- "Penn State's Lamar Stevens weighs in on crushing end to decorated career". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2020-03-25.
- "Penn State basketball coach Pat Chambers hopeful for contract extension". WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com. 2020-03-25. Retrieved 2020-03-25.
- http://www.gopsusports.com/ot/nl-update-affiliates.html 2011-2012 PSU Network Affiliates - Men's Basketball