Penn State Basketball

Andy Katz opens up on Penn State Basketball March Madness, NIT Chances

Penn State Basketball is officially dancing on a razor’s edge when it comes to making the NCAA Tournament.

As things stand now, the Nittany Lions seem on their way to missing both the NCAA, and the NIT unless head coach Micah Shrewsberry fix whatever is going on with them.

On Saturday, Penn State Basketball lost its 4th straight game as they fell to Maryland 74-68 and their window of chances to get quality wins are closing.

Following the game, Big Ten Network Analyst Andy Katz would explain what Penn State needs to do to make noise to even have a shot at making the NCAA or even the NIT.

“Look, if they can beat Illinois that gives them the sweep,” Katz said. “That was their best win, at Illinois, when Illinois wasn’t playing well.

“The beauty of the Big Ten Tournament this year is, for the most part, every team outside of Nebraska and Minnesota is going to present an opportunity. For Penn State, if they can somehow get into the Big Ten Tournament with a couple more wins in the Big Ten Tournament, they are going to have Quad 1 [game] opportunities on a neutral court.”

For the Nittany Lions, somehow turning this stretch around and stacking wins to improve seeding ahead of the conference tournament might be the most critical variable for Penn State’s now shrinking March Madness chances.


Penn State Basketball stands at 14-11 & 5-9 in Big Ten Play, things need to change if they want to be taken as a serious contender in the NCAA or even the NIT.

The Nittany Lions have six games remaining in the regular season, to play for a higher seed in the Big Ten Tournament, which tips off on March 8 at the United Center in Chicago.

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David Malandra Jr.

I am Sports Reporter that covers Pro & College Sports in Philadelphia