Penn State Men’s Basketball Ends Season, Won’t Pursue Postseason Opportunity
The 2015-16 season is over for Penn State men’s basketball, according to head coach Pat Chambers. The Nittany Lions officially finish the season with an overall record of 16-16 and a 7-11 record in Big Ten play. Chambers released a statement late Sunday night detailing his decision to decline any postseason opportunities.
“We have decided not to pursue opportunities for post-season play this season. 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.”
The Nittany Lions made a similar move last season when they decided against playing in the CBI after failing to receive an NIT bid. A similar fate befell the team this season after they were once again left off the NIT bracket. Typically, participating in a tournament like the CBI carries far more negatives than positives, which is why the Lions opted against accepting a potential invite if one were extended. Besides additional opportunities for the team to compete in live-game situations, supplemental tournaments like the CBI force teams to pay out of pocket to travel, but offer very limited television exposure opportunities and generate marginal revenue.
With the conclusion of the 2015-16 season, seniors Donovon Jack, Brandon Taylor, Jordan Dickerson, and Devin Foster depart from the program as the focus now shifts to 2016-17 — a season that will usher in a new era for Penn State basketball with the heralded recruiting class led by Tony Carr set to arrive on campus.
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