2017–18 Penn State Nittany Lions basketball team

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2017–18 Penn State Nittany Lions men's basketball
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NIT champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
2017–18 record 26–13 (9–9 Big Ten)
Head coach Pat Chambers (7th season)
Associate head coach Keith Urgo
Assistant coach Dwayne Anderson
Assistant coach Jim Ferry
Home arena Bryce Jordan Center
Seasons
2017–18 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 5 Michigan State 16 2   .889     30 5   .857
No. 11 Purdue 15 3   .833     30 7   .811
No. 17 Ohio State 15 3   .833     25 9   .735
No. 7 Michigan 13 5   .722     33 8   .805
Nebraska 13 5   .722     22 11   .667
Penn State 9 9   .500     26 13   .667
Indiana 9 9   .500     16 15   .516
Maryland 8 10   .444     19 13   .594
Wisconsin 7 11   .389     15 18   .455
Northwestern 6 12   .333     15 17   .469
Minnesota 4 14   .222     15 17   .469
Illinois 4 14   .222     14 18   .438
Iowa 4 14   .222     14 19   .424
Rutgers 3 15   .167     15 19   .441
2018 Big Ten Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017–18 Penn State Nittany Lions basketball team represented Pennsylvania State University in the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. They are led by head coach Pat Chambers, in his seventh season with the team, and played their home games at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pennsylvania as members of the Big Ten Conference. They finished the season 26–13, 9–9 in Big Ten play to finish in a tie for sixth place; in the Big Ten Tournament, they defeated Northwestern and Ohio State before losing to Purdue in the semifinals. They received a bid to the National Invitation Tournament where they defeated Temple, Notre Dame, Marquette, and Mississippi State to advance to the NIT championship where they defeated Utah to become NIT champions.

Previous season[edit]

The Nittany Lions finished the 2016–17 season 15–18, 6–12 in Big Ten play to finish in a tie for 12th place. As the No. 13 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, they beat Nebraska in the first round[1] before losing to Michigan State in the second round.[2][3]

Offseason[edit]

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Payton Banks 0 F 6'6" 223 RS Junior Orange, CA Graduate transferred to South Florida
Terrence Samuel 5 G 6'3" 208 RS Junior Brooklyn, NY Graduate transferred to South Florida
Isaiah Washington 21 G 6'2" 163 RS Sophomore Williamsport, PA Graduate transferred to Quinnpiac

2017 recruiting class[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Jamari Wheeler
PG
Live Oak, FL The Rock School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg)  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A
Taylor Nussbaum
PG
South Salem, NY Cheshire Academy 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) N/A  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247Sports:2/5 stars
Trent Buttrick
PF
Naples, FL Community School of Naples 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg)  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247Sports:2/5 stars
John Harrar
PF
Wallingford, PA Strath Haven High School 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (110 kg)  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

2018 recruiting class[edit]

Roster[edit]

2017–18 Penn State Nittany Lions men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
F 1 Zemgulis, DeividasDeividas Zemgulis 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Jr St. Mary Ryken Kaunas, Lithuania
F 3 Pierce, SatchelSatchel Pierce 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 266 lb (121 kg) RS Jr Kiski School
Virginia Tech
Barberton, OH
G 4 Bostick, NazeerNazeer Bostick 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 203 lb (92 kg) So Roman Catholic Philadelphia, PA
G 5 Wheeler, JamariJamari Wheeler 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Fr Rock School Gainesville, FL
G 10 Carr, TonyTony Carr 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 204 lb (93 kg) So Roman Catholic Philadelphia, PA
F 11 Stevens, LamarLamar Stevens 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 226 lb (103 kg) So Roman Catholic Philadelphia, PA
F 21 Harrar, JohnJohn Harrar 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 243 lb (110 kg) Fr Strath Haven Atlanta, GA
F 22 Hazle, GrantGrant Hazle (W) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 192 lb (87 kg) So Westbury Christian Kingwood, TX
G 23 Reaves, JoshJosh Reaves 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr Oak Hill Academy Fairfax, VA
F 24 Watkins, MikeMike Watkins 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 254 lb (115 kg) RS So Phelps School Philadelphia, PA
G 33 Garner, ShepShep Garner 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 196 lb (89 kg) Sr Roman Catholic HS Philadelphia, PA
F 35 Buttrick, TrentTrent Buttrick 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 234 lb (106 kg) Fr Community School of Naples (Fla.) Bloomsburg, PA
F 44 Moore, JulianJulian Moore 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 248 lb (112 kg) RS Sr Germantown Acad Fort Washington, PA
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Schedule and results[edit]

The 2018 Big Ten Tournament was held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.[4] Due to the Big East's use of that venue for their conference tournament, the Big Ten Tournament took place one week earlier than usual, ending the week before Selection Sunday.[5]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Bahamas exhibition trip
Aug 6, 2017*
2:00 pm
vs. New Providence Basketball
Association All-Stars

Summer of Thunder Tour
W 109–105 OT
 26  Carr   12  Pierce   7  Carr  Sir Kendal Isaac's National Gymnasium
Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre
 
Nassau, Bahamas
Aug 8, 2017*
6:00 pm
vs. Providence Storm
Summer of Thunder Tour
W 112–63 
 28  Garner   10  Pierce   3  3 tied  Sir Kendal Isaac's National Gymnasium
Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre
 
Nassau, Bahamas
Aug 9, 2017*
2:00 pm
vs. Bahamas All-Stars
Summer of Thunder Tour – Cancelled
  
                  Sir Kendal Isaac's National Gymnasium
Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre
 
Nassau, Bahamas
Exhibition
Nov 4, 2017*
1:00 pm
at Lafayette
OAA hurricane relief benefit
W 102–80 
 23  Carr   6  Reaves   2  5 tied  Kirby Sports Center 
Easton, PA
Nov 5, 2017*
12:00 pm, BTN+
Bloomsburg W 84–67 
 17  Garner   8  Stevens   7  Carr  Bryce Jordan Center (3,826)
University Park, PA
Regular season
Nov 10, 2017*
4:00 pm, BTN+
Campbell W 86–75  1–0
 33  Carr   9  Carr   7  Carr  Bryce Jordan Center 
University Park, PA
Nov 12, 2017*
5:00 pm, BTN+
Fairleigh Dickinson W 81–57  2–0
 20  Carr   9  Reaves   7  Carr  Bryce Jordan Center (5,802)
University Park, PA
Nov 15, 2017*
7:00 pm, BTN
Montana
Legends Classic campus site game
W 70–57  3–0
 25  Stevens   7  Stevens   3  Garner  Bryce Jordan Center (5,854)
University Park, PA
Nov 17, 2017*
7:00 pm, BTN+
Columbia W 79–65  4–0
 26  Garner   14  Watkins   4  Wheeler  Bryce Jordan Center (6,529)
University Park, PA
Nov 20, 2017*
9:30 pm, ESPN3
vs. Pittsburgh
Legends Classic semifinals
W 85–54  5–0
 16  Carr   8  Stevens   5  Carr  Barclays Center (5,904)
Brooklyn, NY
Nov 21, 2017*
6:00 pm, ESPN2
vs. No. 16 Texas A&M
Legends Classic championship
L 87–98  5–1
 31  Carr   7  Stevens   4  Tied  Barclays Center (5,081)
Brooklyn, NY
Nov 24, 2017*
3:00 pm, BTN+
Oral Roberts
Legends Classic campus site game
W 86–48  6–1
 14  Wheeler/Bostick   7  Wheeler   5  Carr  Bryce Jordan Center (4,463)
University Park, PA
Nov 29, 2017*
7:00 pm, ESPNU
at NC State
ACC–Big Ten Challenge
L 78–85  6–2
 29  Carr   14  Watkins   5  Reaves  PNC Arena (15,270)
Raleigh, NC
Dec 2, 2017
5:00 pm, BTN
at Iowa W 77–73  7–2
(1–0)
 22  Stevens   7  Watkins   9  Carr  Carver–Hawkeye Arena (12,805)
Iowa City, IA
Dec 4, 2017
7:00 pm, ESPN2
Wisconsin L 63–64  7–3
(1–1)
 22  Watkins   9  Carr   5  Reaves  Bryce Jordan Center (6,730)
University Park, PA
Dec 9, 2017*
4:00 pm, BTN
George Washington W 74–54  8–3
 19  Carr   12  Watkins   4  Carr  Bryce Jordan Center (6,652)
University Park, PA
Dec 17, 2017*
4:00 pm, Stadium
at George Mason W 72–54  9–3
 23  Stevens   12  Tied   4  Reaves  EagleBank Arena (5,439)
Fairfax, VA
Dec 19, 2017*
7:00 pm, BTN+
Binghamton W 80–65  10–3
 16  Stevens   11  Watkins   9  Carr  Bryce Jordan Center (4,009)
University Park, PA
Dec 22, 2017*
7:00 pm, BTN
Rider L 70–71  10–4
 18  Garner   13  Reaves   8  Reaves  Bryce Jordan Center (4,217)
University Park, PA
Dec 30, 2017*
1:00 pm, BTN+
Coppin State W 88–43  11–4
 21  Carr   7  Wheeler   7  Reaves  Bryce Jordan Center (4,512)
University Park, PA
Jan 2, 2018
7:00 pm, BTN
at Maryland L 69–75  11–5
(1–2)
 17  Watkins   17  Watkins   8  Carr  Xfinity Center (14,374)
College Park, MD
Jan 5, 2018
8:00 pm, FS1
Northwestern W 78–63  12–5
(2–2)
 30  Stevens   17  Watkins   5  Carr  Bryce Jordan Center (4,682)
University Park, PA
Jan 9, 2018
6:30 pm, BTN
at Indiana L 70–74  12–6
(2–3)
 28  Carr   12  Watkins   3  Carr  Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (17,222)
Bloomington, IN
Jan 12, 2018
7:00 pm, BTN
Nebraska W 76–74 OT 13–6
(3–3)
 26  Stevens   15  Watkins   8  Carr  Bryce Jordan Center (6,821)
University Park, PA
Jan 15, 2018
7:00 pm, BTN
Minnesota L 84–95 OT 13–7
(3–4)
 33  Carr   11  Watkins   3  Tied  Bryce Jordan Center (6,361)
University Park, PA
Jan 20, 2018
2:00 pm, BTN
at Northwestern L 61–70  13–8
(3–5)
 22  Garner   8  Watkins   6  Carr  Allstate Arena 
Rosemont, IL
Jan 25, 2018
8:00 pm, BTN
at No. 13 Ohio State W 82–79  14–8
(4–5)
 28  Carr   6  Stevens   5  Carr  Value City Arena (13,464)
Columbus, OH
Jan 27, 2018
4:00 pm, BTN
Rutgers W 60–43  15–8
(5–5)
 16  Carr   19  Watkins   4  Carr  Bryce Jordan Center (13,677)
University Park, PA
Jan 31, 2018
6:30 pm, BTN
at No. 5 Michigan State L 68–76  15–9
(5–6)
 28  Carr   7  Reaves   7  Carr  Breslin Center (14,797)
East Lansing, MI
Feb 3, 2018
6:00 pm, BTN
Iowa W 82-58  16–9
(6–6)
 19   Watkins   10   Watkins   5   Reaves  Bryce Jordan Center (10,394)
University Park, PA
Feb 7, 2018
6:30 pm, BTN
Maryland W 74–70  17–9
(7–6)
 25   Stevens   9   Reaves   6   Carr  Bryce Jordan Center (8,435)
University Park, PA
Feb 11, 2018
7:00 pm, BTN
at Illinois W 74–52  18–9
(8–6)
 16  Garner   6  2 tied   6  Carr  State Farm Center (12,840)
Champaign, IL
Feb 15, 2018
8:00 pm, BTN
No. 8 Ohio State W 79–56  19–9
(9–6)
 30  Carr   10  Watkins   6  Reaves  Bryce Jordan Center (10,981)
University Park, PA
Feb 18, 2018
8:00 pm, BTN
at No. 6 Purdue L 73–76  19–10
(9–7)
 19  Carr   7  Reaves   5  2 tied  Mackey Arena (14,804)
West Lafayette, IN
Feb 21, 2018
7:00 pm, BTN
No. 17 Michigan L 63–72  19–11
(9–8)
 21  Carr   8  Stevens   6  Carr  Bryce Jordan Center (13,586)
University Park, PA
Feb 25, 2018
5:15 pm, BTN
at Nebraska L 64–76  19–12
(9–9)
 27  Carr   7  Reaves/Stevens   3  Reaves  Pinnacle Bank Arena (15,991)
Lincoln, NE
Big Ten Tournament
Mar 1, 2018
6:30 pm, BTN
(7) vs. (10) Northwestern
Second round
W 65–57  20–12
 25  Carr   8  Reaves   4  Carr  Madison Square Garden (13,996)
New York City, NY
Mar 2, 2018
6:30 pm, BTN
(7) vs. (2) No. 13 Ohio State
Quarterfinals
W 69–68  21–12
 25  Carr   7  Stevens   5  Carr  Madison Square Garden (14,530)
New York City, NY
Mar 3, 2018
4:30 pm, CBS
(7) vs. (3) No. 8 Purdue
Semifinals
L 70–78  21–13
 33  Garner   9  Carr   4  Carr  Madison Square Garden (19,812)
New York City, NY
NIT
Mar 14, 2018*
8:00 pm, ESPNU
(4) (5) Temple
First round – Notre Dame Bracket
W 63–57  22–13
 19  Reaves   11  Reaves   5  Reaves  Bryce Jordan Center (4,528)
University Park, PA
Mar 17, 2018*
12:00 pm, ESPN
(4) at (1) Notre Dame
Second round – Notre Dame Bracket
W 73–63  23–13
 24  Carr   9  Reaves   4  Carr  Edmund P. Joyce Center (4,023)
Notre Dame, IN
Mar 20, 2018*
7:00 pm, ESPN
(4) at (2) Marquette
Quarterfinals – Notre Dame Bracket
W 85–80  24–13
 30  Stevens   9  Harrar   7  Carr  Al McGuire Center (3,670)
Milwaukee, WI
Mar 27, 2018*
7:00 pm, ESPN
(4) vs. (4) Mississippi State
Semifinals
W 75–60  25–13
 21  Carr   8  Stevens   6  Stevens  Madison Square Garden (7,865)
New York City, NY
Mar 29, 2018*
7:00 pm, ESPN
(4) vs. (2) Utah
Championship game
W 82–66  26–13
 28  Stevens   12  Harrar   14  Carr  Madison Square Garden (11,175)
New York City, NY
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.

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