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Penn State Basketball: Program Will Not Pursue Postseason Bid

by on March 14, 2016 11:09 AM

Penn State men's basketball regular season ended this past week and according to head coach Patrick Chambers the Nittany Lions won't pursue a postseason bid.

“We have decided not to pursue opportunities for post-season play this season," Chambers said in a statement. "I am proud of what this team accomplished and how hard they continued to work and battle each day to become the best team we could be in March. We will continue to work hard in the off-season to build on our successes and advance the process of developing Penn State Basketball.” 

This season marks the second straight year that the Nittany Lions will not seek a postseason opportunity. Penn State sat on the hypothetical NIT bubble with several games remaining in the season but saw that bubble burst with a few late losses. Even so the Nittany Lions finished the 2015-16 season with a 16-16 overall record and a 7-11 mark in conference play, the most in a single season under Chambers.

Penn State has also posted at least 16 wins in three straight seasons for the first time since the program joined the big Ten in 1992-93.

The Nittany Lions last played in the CBI tournament in 2014 before losing to Siena in the quarterfinals 54-52. It was later released that Chambers' brother died the day before that game, succumbing to his battle with cancer.

With eyes now set on the the future, Penn State will focus on a highly touted incoming class of freshman in addition to returning three starters and seven letterwinners next season. Penn State will also have the services of UConn transfer Terrence Samuel and redshirt freshman Mike Watkins


Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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