Penn State Basketball Not Among Top-16 Teams in the First Official NCAA Tournament Preview

By Matt de Bear on February 8, 2020 at 1:09 pm
Penn State senior forward Lamar Stevens
RLR Staff

There are still about six weeks before the NCAA Basketball Tournament tips off across the country, but the Selection Committee is already hard at work preparing for Selection Sunday. The group released its first preview on Saturday afternoon, but the Nittany Lions did not make the top-16.

It is a mild surprise to see Penn State left out at this point given a strong 17-5 record, and overall resumé. The Lions have six quad one victories to their name, and wins over a pair of the teams selected (Maryland and Michigan State). 

Perhaps most surprising, however, is committee chairman Kevin White stated that Iowa, LSU, and Kentucky were the three teams left out that did not make the cut. Penn State has a neutral site victory over the Hawkeyes as well. 

The good news is that the remaining eight regular season games, as well as the Big Ten Tournament figure to give Penn State plenty of chances to make more of an impression.

That starts this afternoon with the 22nd-ranked Nittany Lions host Minnesota in a sold out Bryce Jordan Center. Lamar Stevens and Co. will look to avenge one of just give losses on the season against the Golden Gophers. The game will air live on BTN at 4:00 p.m.