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The Penn State Nittany Lions basketball team is a 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 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
2019–20 Penn State Nittany Lions basketball team
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UniversityPennsylvania State University
Head coachPat Chambers (9th season)
ConferenceBig Ten
LocationUniversity Park, Pennsylvania
ArenaBryce Jordan Center
(Capacity: 15,261)
NicknameNittany Lions
Student sectionLegion Of Blue
ColorsBlue and White[1]
         
Uniforms
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NCAA Tournament Final Four
1954
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1942, 1954
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1952, 1954, 1955, 2001
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1942, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1965, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2011
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.

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In the shadow of footballEdit

At a school where the football program captures the vast majority of media and fan interest, the basketball program has historically struggled for relevance. According to ESPN.com writer and Penn State graduate[2] Dana O'Neil,

In O'Neil's view, the "stepchild" status of the program was most starkly illustrated by the last weeks of the 2010–11 season. The team normally practices at a dedicated facility within the Jordan Center. However, for nearly a week in February, while the team was making a run for an NCAA at-large bid, Bon Jovi took over the entire BJC—including the practice facilities—for rehearsals for their upcoming concert tour, which opened at the BJC. The following week, the team was evicted from the BJC for a career fair[2] and for the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon.[4] On both occasions, the team was forced to practice at the nearby Intramural Building, a facility normally used by Penn State's volleyball teams. Although retrofitted with basketball hoops, the space left much to be desired. Multiple holes for volleyball net stanchions had to be taped over. During the Bon Jovi rehearsals, the hoops had been visibly lower than regulation height. While this error was corrected the following week, one of the hoops remained visibly misaligned.[4]

Current coaching staffEdit

Position Name Year Alma mater
Head coach Patrick Chambers 2011 Philadelphia University (1994)
Associate Head Coach Keith Urgo 2011 Saint Joseph's University (1992)
Assistant Coach Dwayne Anderson 2013 Villanova University (2009)
Assistant Coach Jim Ferry 2017 Keene State (1990)
Director of Basketball Operations Ross Condon 2011 Villanova University (2007)
Athletic trainer Jon Salazer 2001 Penn State (1993)
Director of Player Development David Caporaletti 2017 Philadelphia University (1993)
Strength and conditioning coach Greg Miskinis 2009 Penn State (2008)

Coaching historyEdit

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
Hugo Bezdek 1919 1 11–2 .846 0
Earl "The Spike" Leslie 1933–36 4 29–28 .509 0–10 .000 0 0
John Lawther 1937–49 13 150–93 .617 17–13 .567 0 0
Elmer Gross 1949–54 5 80–40 .667 0
John Egli 1954–68 14 187–135 .581 0
Johnny Bach 1968–78 10 122–121 .502 9–11 .450 0 0
Dick Harter 1978–83 5 79–61 .564 13–11 .564 0 0
Bruce Parkhill 1983–95 12 181–169 .517 82–116 .414 1 0
Jerry Dunn 1995–2003 8 117–121 .492 45–87 .341 0 0
Ed DeChellis 2003–2011 8 114–138 .452 41–95 .301 0 0
Pat Chambers 2011–present 8 120-135 .471 38–97 .281 0 0
Totals 1897–present 116 1419–1335–1 .515 222–408 .352 1 0

PostseasonEdit

NCAA tournament resultsEdit

The Nittany Lions have appeared in the NCAA Tournament nine times. Their combined record is 9–11.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1942 Elite Eight
Regional 3rd Place Game
Dartmouth
Illinois
L 39–44
W 41–34
1952 Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
Kentucky
NC State
L 54–82
L 60–69
1954 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National 3rd Place Game
Toledo
LSU
Notre Dame
La Salle
USC
W 62–50
W 78–70
W 71–63
L 54–69
W 70–61
1955 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
Memphis State
Iowa
Kentucky
W 59–55
L 53–82
L 59–84
1965 First Round Princeton L 58–60
1991 #13 First Round
Second Round
#4 UCLA
#12 Eastern Michigan
W 74–69
L 68–71 OT
1996 #5 First Round #12 Arkansas L 80–86
2001 #7 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#10 Providence
#2 North Carolina
#11 Temple
W 69–59
W 82–74
L 72–84
2011 #10 First Round #7 Temple L 64–66

NIT resultsEdit

The Nittany Lions have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) eleven times. Their combined record is 27–9. They were NIT champions in 2009 and 2018.

Year Round Opponent Result
1966 First Round San Francisco L 77–89
1980 First Round Alabama L 49–53
1989 First Round
Second Round
Murray State
Villanova
W 89–73
L 67–76
1990 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
3rd Place Game
Marquette
Maryland
Rutgers
Vanderbilt
New Mexico
W 57–54
W 80–78
W 58–55
L 62–75
W 83–81
1992 First Round Pittsburgh L 65–67
1995 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
3rd Place Game
Miami (FL)
Nebraska
Iowa
Marquette
Canisius
W 62–56
W 65–59
W 67–64
L 79–81
W 66–62
1998 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
Rider
Dayton
Georgia Tech
Georgia
Minnesota
W 82–68
W 77–74
W 77–70
W 66–60
L 72–79
2000 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
3rd Place Game
Princeton
Siena
Kent State
Notre Dame
NC State
W 55–41
W 105–103
W 81–74
L 52–73
W 74–72
2006 Opening Round Rutgers L 71–76
2009 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
George Mason
Rhode Island
Florida
Notre Dame
Baylor
W 77–73 OT
W 83–72
W 71–62
W 67–59
W 69–63
2018 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
Temple
Notre Dame
Marquette
Mississippi State
Utah
W 63–57
W 73–63
W 85–80
W 75–60
W 82–66

CBI resultsEdit

The Nittany Lions have appeared in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) one time. Their record is 1–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
2014 First Round
Quarterfinals
Hampton
Siena
W 69–65
L 52–54

Statistical LeadersEdit

PointsEdit

Rank Player Points Years Rank Player Points Years Rank Player Points Years
1 Talor Battle 2,213 2007-2011 16 Ed Fogell 1,329 1985-1990 31 James Barnes 1,025 1987-1991
2 Jesse Arnelle 2,138 1951-1955 17 John Amaechi 1,310 1992-1995 32 Tony Ward 1,020 1984-1988
3 Joe Crispin 1,986 1997-2000 18 Brandon Taylor 1,289 2012-2016 33 Mike Edelman 1,019 1978-1982
4 D.J. Newbill 1,812 2012-2015 19 Calvin Booth 1,288 1995-1999 34 Gene Harris 1,018 1959-1962
5 Lamar Stevens 1,660 2016-Present 20 Dan Earl 1,256 1993-1999 35 Mike Lang 1,014 1979-1983
6 Shep Garner 1,629 2014-2018 21 Monroe Brown 1,244 1988-1992 36 Jeff Miller 1,008 1974-1978
7 Pete Lisicky 1,605 1994-1998 22 Ron Brown 1,184 1972-1974
8 Jamelle Cornley 1,579 2005-2009 23 Carver Clinton 1,165 1963-1966
9 DeRon Hayes 1,570 1989-1993 24 Tony Carr 1,161 2016-2018
10 Tim Frazier 1,543 2009-2014 25 Mark DuMars 1,139 1958-1961
11 Geary Claxton 1,542 2004-2008 26 Bob Weiss 1,091 1962-1965
12 Tom Hovasse 1,459 1985-1989 27 Jeff Persson 1,090 1965-1968
13 Jarrett Stephens 1,372 1995-2000 28 Josh Reaves 1,079 2015-2019
14 Titus Ivory 1,369 1996-2001 29 Gyasi Cline-Heard 1,058 1997-2001
15 Freddie Barnes 1,342 1988-1992 30 Steve Kuhn 1,057 1976-1980

AssistsEdit

Rank Player Assists Years Rank Player Assists Years
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 1997-2000 15 Josh Reaves 310 2015-Present
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
10 Dwight Gibson 385 1991-1995

ReboundsEdit

Rank Player Rebounds Years Rank Player Rebounds Years
1 Jesse Arnelle 1,238 1951-1955 11 Carvin Jefferson 713 1975-1979
2 Mike Lang 912 1979-1983 12 Randy Meister 712 1972-1975
3 Ross Travis 816 2011-2015 13 Jarrett Stephens 703 1995-2000
4 Gene Harris 762 1959-1962 14 Andrew Jones 681 2007-2011
5 Geary Claxton 755 2004-2008 15 Gyasi Cline-Heard 672 1997-2001
Jamelle Cornley 755 2005-2009
7 John Amaechi 745 1992-1995
8 Carver Clinton 734 1963-1966
9 Calvin Booth 728 1995-1999
10 Mike Watkins 725 2016-Present

NBA playersEdit

NBA DraftEdit

Year Round Pick Name Team
1947
3
10
John Rusinko
Baltimore Bullets
1953
7
2
Herman Sledzik
Baltimore Bullets
1955
2
13
Jesse Arnelle
Fort Wayne Pistons
1965
3
22
Bob Weiss
Philadelphia 76ers
1966
11
6
Carver Clinton
Philadelphia 76ers
1974
7
17
Ron Brown
Boston Celtics
1981
3
57
Frank Brickowski
New York Knicks
1983
8
12
Mike Lang
New York Knicks
1984
10
211
Dick Mumma
Los Angeles Clippers
1999
2
35
Calvin Booth
Washington Wizards
2018
2
51
Tony Carr
Auxilium Pallacanestro Torino

Other PlayersEdit

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

Penn State Men's Basketball Radio AffiliatesEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Penn State Artwork (PDF). November 6, 2017. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  2. ^ a b O'Neil, Dana (February 18, 2011). "Some things never change at Penn State". College Basketball Nation Blog. ESPN.com. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  3. ^ O'Neil, Dana (May 23, 2011). "The ball is in Penn State's court". College Basketball Nation Blog. ESPN.com. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Bauer, Nate (February 15, 2011). "Inside the Den: News and notes from the hardwood". Blue White Illustrated. Rivals.com. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  5. ^ http://www.gopsusports.com/ot/nl-update-affiliates.html 2011-2012 PSU Network Affiliates - Men's Basketball

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