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Penn State men’s basketball announces decision to not pursue postseason play

Pat Chambers talks during a press conference at Penn State men's basketball media day on Monday, October 17, 2013.
Pat Chambers talks during a press conference at Penn State men's basketball media day on Monday, October 17, 2013. CDT photo

The Penn State men’s basketball team will not be competing in a postseason tournament, the program announced Sunday night.

The Nittany Lions did not receive a bid to the National Invitation Tournament after finishing the season with a 16-16 record. The College Basketball Invitational and Vegas 16 tournament are among the postseasons options this year.

“We have decided not to pursue opportunities for postseason play this season,” Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said in a press release. “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 offseason to build on our successes and advance the process of developing Penn State basketball.”

Penn State went 16-15 overall and 7-11 in the Big Ten during the regular season before losing to Ohio State in the second round of the Big Ten tournament last Thursday. The team’s seven conference wins were the most in five seasons under Chambers.

Ohio State is the lone Big Ten team in the NIT, which announced its field Sunday night. The Buckeyes are a No. 3 seed and will take on sixth-seeded Akron at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The CBI held its first tournament in 2008. Penn State participated in the CBI in 2014.

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Ryne Gery: 814-231-4679, @rgery

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