STATE COLLEGE (KDKA/AP) — With a 19-14 overall record and 9-9 record in the Big Ten Conference, Penn State has ended their decade-long NCAA Tournament drought.
Heading in to the Big Ten Tournament, the Nittany Lions remained a bubble team. But that all changed after Penn State beat Wisconsin and Michigan Sate before losing to No. 1 Ohio State 71-60 in the title game Sunday afternoon.
Guard Talor Battle and the Nittany Lions drew a No. 10 seed in the West region and a first-round game Thursday against No. 7 seed Temple (25-7).
Battle led the team in points this season by averaging 20.1 points per game, he also became the third NCAA player to reach 2,000 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists in his career.
The last time the Nittany Lions made the NCAAs in 2001, they upset North Carolina in the second round to set up a regional semifinal date against the state-rival Owls. Temple won 84-72.