Following another excruciating loss to Minnesota, which this time ended Penn State's basketball season, Athletic Director Sandy Barbour confirmed to The Athletic that head coach Pat Chambers will return to the sideline for his ninth season as the Lions' head coach. Chambers signed a contract extension following last season's NIT championship, and had been rumored to be on the hot seat following Penn State's 0-10 start to conference play.
Penn State coach Pat Chambers thanks AD Sandy Barbour for her support through an 0-10 start in B1G play.— Matt Fortuna (@Matt_Fortuna) March 15, 2019
In case it was ever in doubt, Barbour confirms to @TheAthleticCBB that Chambers will be back for a 9th season after a 7-4 finish. pic.twitter.com/hid2GY9kwX
Penn State won 7-of-11 down the stretch, and five of the last seven, to finish the year 14-18 (7-14), but clearly missed Tony Carr while attempting to deal with the nation's second toughest schedule. According to the NET rankings, the Nittany Lions played 16 Quad 1 games, second most in the country behind perennial power Kansas.
Chambers will sorely miss the reigning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in Josh Reaves, but also returns a huge majority of his production. He'll also welcome four freshman recruits and transfer Isaiah Brockington, who had to sit out this year.