STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – In the end it wasn’t even close for the Nittany Lions who didn’t hear their name called during the NCAA Tournament selection show.
It was expected that Penn State’s three wins against Ohio State would carry some weight, but the harsh reality of Penn State being able to compete with many teams in the tournament versus having the resume to actually get in proved to be too much for Pat Chambers’ group to overcome. As the Lions gathered in the film room to watch the selection show -- the first time they've ever even been close enough to watch together for the past seven years -- Penn State wasn't even among the first four out. Even Nebraska (22-10, 13-5 Big Ten) was left out ahead of them.
"I thought they were really going to hold the Quad 1, the metrics, I thought they were going to hold some weight with 21 wins, two wins in the Big Ten Tournament, an unranked team beating a ranked team and all those fabulous statistics, but it didn't hold true," Chambers said Sunday night. "Historically, they said typically this team gets in, but this year we did not. ... In general, the Big Ten didn't get much respect."
Penn State (21-13, 9-9 Big Ten) — which hasn’t made the NCAA Tournament since 2011 — is the fourth seed in the NIT where they will host fifth-seeded Temple (17-15, 8-10 A-10) in the Bryce Jordan Center on Wednesday at 8 p.m.