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Penn State Nittany Lions
2012–13 Penn State Nittany Lions men's basketball team
Penn State Nittany Lions athletic logo

UniversityPennsylvania State University
ConferenceBig Ten
LocationUniversity Park, PA
Head coachPat Chambers (2nd year)
ArenaBryce Jordan Center
(Capacity: 15,261)
NicknameNittany Lions
Student sectionNittany Nation
ColorsBlue and White

             


Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away
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
1991 (Atlantic 10)
Conference division season champions
1977 (Eastern 8 West)
 
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This article is about the men's basketball team at Pennsylvania State University. The women's basketball team is known as the Lady Lions.
Penn State Nittany Lions
2012–13 Penn State Nittany Lions men's basketball team
Penn State Nittany Lions athletic logo

UniversityPennsylvania State University
ConferenceBig Ten
LocationUniversity Park, PA
Head coachPat Chambers (2nd year)
ArenaBryce Jordan Center
(Capacity: 15,261)
NicknameNittany Lions
Student sectionNittany Nation
ColorsBlue and White

             


Uniforms
Kit body thinsidesonwhite.png
Home jersey
Kit shorts blanksides2.png
Team colours
Home
Kit body thinwhitesides.png
Away jersey
Kit shorts whitesides.png
Team colours
Away
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
1991 (Atlantic 10)
Conference division season champions
1977 (Eastern 8 West)

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 Bryce Jordan Center, moving there from boisterous Rec Hall during the 1995–96 season. Their student cheering section is known as Nittany Nation.

The program has eight 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.

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In the shadow of football

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[1] Dana O'Neil,

For years the basketball team has been a little sister of the poor stepchild to football, a winter afterthought given all the tending and care of a vegetable garden positioned in the middle of a nuclear field. Administrative support waffles between tepid applause and casual indifference.[2]

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 Bryce 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[1] and for the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon.[3] 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.[3]

Current coaching staff

PositionNameYearAlma mater
Head coachPatrick Chambers2011Philadelphia University (1994)
Assistant coachEugene Burroughs2011University of Richmond (1994)
Assistant coachBrian Daly2011Saint Joseph's University (1992)
Assistant coachKeith Urgo2011Fairfield University (1992)
Director of basketball operationsRoss Condon2011Villanova University (2007)
Athletic trainerJon Salazer2001Penn State (1993)
Video coordinatorAdam Fisher2011Penn State (2006)
Strength and conditioning coachBrad Pantall2006Penn State (1996)

Coaching history

CoachYearsSeasonsRecordPct.Cnf. RecordPct.Cnf. TitlesNat. Titles
No coach1897–1915, 1917–191820131-65-1.6720
Burke M. "Dutch" Hermann1916–1918, 1919–3215148-73.6700
Hugo Bezdek1919111-2.8460
Earl "The Spike" Leslie1933-36429-28.5090-10.00000
John Lawther1937-4913150-93.61717-13.56700
Elmer Gross1949-54580-40.6670
John Egli1954-6814187-135.5810
Johnny Bach1968-7810122-121.5019-11.45000
Dick Harter1978-83579-61.56413-11.54200
Bruce Parkhill1983-9512181-169.51782-116.41410
Jerry Dunn1995–20038117-121.49245-87.34100
Ed DeChellis2003–20116114-138.45241-95.30100
Pat Chambers2011-present112-20.3754-14.22200
Totals1897–present1161361-1066-1.561211-357.37110

Postseason appearances by year

YearCoachTournament
1942John LawtherNCAA (Regional 3rd Place)
1952Elmer GrossNCAA (Regional 4th Place)
1954Elmer GrossNCAA (National 3rd Place) [4]
1955John EgliNCAA (Regional 4th Place)
1965John EgliNCAA (1st Round)
1966John EgliNIT (1st Round)
1980Dick HarterNIT (1st Round)
1989Bruce ParkhillNIT (2nd Round)
1990Bruce ParkhillNIT (3rd Place)
1991Bruce ParkhillNCAA (2nd Round)
1992Bruce ParkhillNIT (1st Round)
1995Bruce ParkhillNIT (3rd Place)
1996Jerry DunnNCAA (1st Round)
1998Jerry DunnNIT (Runners-up)
2000Jerry DunnNIT (3rd Place)
2001Jerry DunnNCAA (Sweet Sixteen)
2006Ed DeChellisNIT (Opening Round)
2009Ed DeChellisNIT (Winners)
2011Ed DeChellisNCAA (1st Round)

NBA draft

YearNameTeam
1947
John Rusinko
Baltimore Bullets
1953
Herman Sledzik
Baltimore Bullets
1955
Jesse Arnelle
Fort Wayne Pistons
1965
Bob Weiss
Philadelphia 76ers
1966
Carver Clinton
Philadelphia 76ers
1974
Ron Brown
Boston Celtics
1981
Frank Brickowski
New York Knicks
1983
Mike Lang
New York Knicks
1984
Dick Mumma
Los Angeles Clippers
1999
Calvin Booth
Washington Wizards

Penn State Men's Basketball Radio Affiliates

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References

  1. ^ a b O'Neil, Dana (February 18, 2011). "Some things never change at Penn State". College Basketball Nation Blog. ESPN.com. http://espn.go.com/blog/collegebasketballnation/post/_/id/23576/some-things-never-change-at-penn-state. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  2. ^ O'Neil, Dana (May 23, 2011). "The ball is in Penn State's court". College Basketball Nation Blog. ESPN.com. http://espn.go.com/blog/CollegeBasketballNation/post/_/id/31288/the-ball-is-in-penn-states-court. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Bauer, Nate (February 15, 2011). "Inside the Den: News and notes from the hardwood". Blue White Illustrated. Rivals.com. http://bwi.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1189418. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  4. ^ "1954 NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket". http://www.databasesports.com/ncaab/tourney.htm?yr=1954. Retrieved October 14, 2011.
  5. ^ http://www.gopsusports.com/ot/nl-update-affiliates.html 2011-2012 PSU Network Affiliates - Men's Basketball