The 2012-13 Nittany Lions were not much to write home about, going 10-21 and 2-16 in the Big Ten. They have long been a punching bag for stronger Big Ten members like Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Last year’s squad was weak on all sides of the ball but did have two great scorers at the top in Tim Frazier and D.J. Newbill. Frazier (16.3 PPG) is done for his college career but the Southern Mississippi transfer Newbill has two years of eligibility remaining. Jermaine Marshall (15.3 PPG) is back for one more year. Ross Travis (7.4 RPG, 7.0 PPG) has two years of eligibility left. Two point guards in Graham Woodward and Geno Thorpe highlight the newest recruiting class as Penn State looks to rebuild.
The Penn State Nittany Lions operate under Coach Pat Chambers at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park. They have made one Final Four, in 1954, four Sweet Sixteen appearances, and nine NCAA Tournament appearances. The program has long been overshadowed by the football team but the basketball Nittany Lions have on occasion held their own in the formidable Big Ten. And with the football team serving its four-year bowl ban in the Sandusky scandal, now is the time for basketball to step into the stoplight. Their last NCAA Tournament appearance came in 2011 when they lost their first one against Temple. It wasn’t their first playoff struggle against Temple, as the last time they had been in the Big Dance, 2001, they lost to Temple in the Sweet Sixteen. That year they knocked off #2 North Carolina in the second round. But since then the basketball program has been somewhat dormant. Get your tickets to see a young team on the rise in the Nittany Lions!