Sunday, the Nittany Lions accepted a bid to play in the seventh-annual College Basketball Invitational, or CBI. The Nittany Lions (15-17, 6-12 Big Ten) play host to Hampton (18-12, 13-3 MEAC) at the Jordan Center Wednesday night.
Time and possible television coverage will be announced Monday.
Though Penn State finished the regular season with a losing record, third-year coach Pat Chambers made no secret of the fact that he felt his team deserved to play in the postseason. After accepting the bid, he was thankful for receiving it.
We are looking forward to the opportunity to play in the CBI, Chambers said. The team is grateful for the chance to continue practicing together and ultimately having a chance to compete for a championship.
With a win Wednesday, the Lions would face the winner of Tuesday's Stony Brook at Siena game next Monday. This is PSU's first appearance in the CBI.
Hampton had a seven-game winning streak before losing to Coppin State (83-77) in the quarterfinals of the MEAC Tournament. The Pirates played only one major-conference opponent this season, losing at Virginia 69-40 Nov. 26.
Hampton is led by senior forward Du'Vaughn Maxwell (15.2 ppg), and sophomore guards Deron Powers (11.6) and Brian Darden (10.0). The Pirates average 73.3 points per game, but make only 31.7 percent of their 3-pointers.
Hampton went 5-9 in non-conference play and 13-3 in the MEAC.
There are 16 teams in the CBI. All games are played at campus sites and the championship is a best two-out-of-three series.