Penn State Basketball Does Not Receive At-Large Bid to NCAA Tournament

By Dan Smith on March 11, 2018 at 6:13 pm
Feb 21, 2018; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Patrick Chambers looks on from the bench during the first half against the Michigan Wolverines at Bryce Jordan Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

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The NCAA announced the field of 68 for the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, and Penn State failed to qualify for an at-large bid. This is not a surprise to Penn State fans, who saw the Nittany Lions come up just short down the stretch in the key games the team needed to win to build its résumé. 

Penn State is basically assured an at-large invitation to the National Invitational Tournament, known as the NIT. It would be the first NIT appearance for the program in 9 years, with the Nittany Lions having won the tournament in 2008-09.

Stay tuned for an update on Penn State's status for the NIT, which will be broadcast on ESPNU at 8:30 p.m. EDT.

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