No Dance for the Lions

Despite posting its best regular season in years, Penn State does not earn a bid to NCAAs. Experts say weak non-con hurt the Lions.

Penn State finished the 2008-09 campaign with the most regular-season wins in school history. And the Nittany Lions achieved several firsts during the run, including road wins at Indiana and Michigan State.

But despite finishing 22-11 overall and 10-8 in the Big Ten, Penn State finds itself on the outside looking in at the NCAA Tournament. The general consensus is the Lions were held out due to a weak nonconference schedule.

State's overall strength of schedule was rated in the mid-90s in the RPI, while its noncon strength of schedule was below 300.

The team got the news in a conference room at the Jordan Center, where it watched the CBS Selection shows Sunday evening. No local media outlets were allowed in the room.

We'll have more coverage, including quotes from PSU coach Ed DeChellis and senior captain Jamelle Cornley, shortly. The duo was slated to meet the media after the selection show.

The Lions, who have not been to NCAAs since 2001, are likely to earn an NIT bid.


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