Penn State Nittany Lions

Sport Basketball
Country United States United States
Home town University Park
Founding year 1897
Leagues NCAA Basketball

The Pennsylvania state university is represented at the NCAA Division I by the Penn State Nittany Lions. They are also a member of the Big Ten Conference. The team’s home arena is locates at Bryce Jordan Center in Pennsylvania State. The team has appeared for 8 NCAA Tournament finishing their best at the Final Four in 1954.

The team’s home arena can seat 15,261 spectators. The earlier arena was located at Rec Hall during 1995-96 which was not so spacious. The university’s cheering team is known as Nittany Nation. The team reached the Sweet Sixteen stage at the 2001 NCAA Tournament but could not proceed further after losing to 2nd seeded North Carolina. The team’s recent performances were seen at the 2009 NIT (National Invitation Tournament) which they won after defeating Baylor.

The current coach for the team is Ed DeChellis who joined the team in 2003 and has since maintained a record of 83-103 with a win percentage of 0.440. His Conference record is 29-71 with a win percentage of 0.290.

When the team came into being in 1897-98, the team played with no coach and had a win percentage of 0.364. The team achieved most successes under coach Hugo Bezdek who coached the team for only a season in 1918-19 with win percentage of 0.846 and records of 11-2. Another successful coach was John Lawther who stayed with the team for 13 seasons and gained winning records of 0.617. Bruke M. Hermann, also known as “Dutch” joined the team in 1915 and stayed with the team for ‘5 seasons is the most running coach in the history of the program. He had a winning record of 0.670 with records of 148-73.

Major Achievements

Won NIT Championships in 2009.

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