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Penn State Nittany Lions
2017–18 Penn State Nittany Lions men's basketball team
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University Pennsylvania State University
Head coach Pat Chambers (7th season)
Conference Big Ten
Location University Park, Pennsylvania
Arena Bryce Jordan Center
(Capacity: 15,261)
Nickname Nittany Lions
Student section Legion Of Blue
Colors Blue and White[1]
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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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Team colours

NCAA Tournament Final Four
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 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 boisterous Rec Hall during the 1995–96 season. Their student cheering section is known as the Legion Of Blue.

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 10 appearances in the National Invitation Tournament, with the most recent being in 2009, when they beat Baylor to win the NIT championship.

In the shadow of football[edit]

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 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 staff[edit]

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 history[edit]

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 6 100-116 .463 32–83 .278 0 0
Totals 1897–present 116 1412–1322–1 .516 222–399 .357 1 0


NCAA tournament results[edit]

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

Year Seed Round Opponent Results
1942 Elite Eight
Regional 3rd Place Game
L 39–44
W 41–34
1952 Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
NC State
L 54–82
L 60–69
1954 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National 3rd Place Game
Notre Dame
La Salle
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
W 59–55
L 53–82
L 59–84
1965 First Round Princeton L 58–60
1991 #13 First Round
Second Round
#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 Second Round #7 Temple L 64–66

NIT results[edit]

The Nittany Lions have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) eleven times. Their combined record is 25–9. They were NIT champions in 2009.

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
W 89–73
L 67–76
1990 First Round
Second Round
3rd Place Game
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
3rd Place Game
Miami (FL)
W 62–56
W 65–59
W 67–64
L 79–81
W 66–62
1998 First Round
Second Round
Georgia Tech
W 82–68
W 77–74
W 77–70
W 66–60
L 72–79
2000 First Round
Second Round
3rd Place Game
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
George Mason
Rhode Island
Notre Dame
W 77–73 OT
W 83–72
W 71–62
W 67–59
W 69–63
2018 First Round
Second Round
Notre Dame
W 63–57
W 73–63
W 85-80

CBI results[edit]

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
W 69–65
L 52–54

NBA draft[edit]

Year Name Team
John Rusinko
Baltimore Bullets
Herman Sledzik
Baltimore Bullets
Jesse Arnelle
Fort Wayne Pistons
Bob Weiss
Philadelphia 76ers
Carver Clinton
Philadelphia 76ers
Ron Brown
Boston Celtics
Frank Brickowski
New York Knicks
Mike Lang
New York Knicks
Dick Mumma
Los Angeles Clippers
Calvin Booth
Washington Wizards

Season by season records[edit]

Penn State Men's Basketball Radio Affiliates[edit]



  1. ^ Penn State Artwork (PDF). The Pennsylvania State University. October 24, 2016. Retrieved December 5, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b O'Neil, Dana (February 18, 2011). "Some things never change at Penn State". College Basketball Nation Blog. Retrieved May 25, 2011. 
  3. ^ O'Neil, Dana (May 23, 2011). "The ball is in Penn State's court". College Basketball Nation Blog. Retrieved May 25, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Bauer, Nate (February 15, 2011). "Inside the Den: News and notes from the hardwood". Blue White Illustrated. Retrieved May 25, 2011. 
  5. ^ 2011-2012 PSU Network Affiliates - Men's Basketball

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