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Penn State Nittany Lions NCAA Tournament History & Scores

Penn State Nittany Lions All-Time NCAA Tournament Record: 9-11

The Penn State Nittany Lions are better known for the success of their football program under Joe Paterno, but Penn State has played nealry .500 basketball in their NCAA Tournament appearances. Penn State's most recent NCAA Tournament appearance came in 2011 and their lone Final Four appearance was in 1954. The Nittany Lions historically have appeared in the NCAA Tournament eight times and have appeared in the NIT several times winning the NIT Tournament in 2009.

1942 NCAA Tournament

  • Lost to Dartmouth in regional semifinal, 44-39
  • Defeated Illinois in third place game, 41-34

1944 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated Temple in regional semifinal, 57-47
  • Lost to Dartmouth in regional final, 60-53

1952 NCAA Tournament

  • Lost to Kentucky in second round, 82-54
  • Lost to North Carolina State in third place game, 69-60

1954 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated Toledo in first round, 62-50
  • Defeated LSU in second round, 78-70
  • Defeated Notre Dame in regional semifinal, 71-63
  • Lost to La Salle in regional final, 69-54
  • Defeated USC in third place game, 70-61

1955 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated Memphis in first round, 59-55
  • Lost to Iowa in second round, 82-53
  • Lost to Kentucky in third place game, 84-59

1965 NCAA Tournament

  • Lost to Princeton in second round, 60-58

1991 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated UCLA in first round, 74-69
  • Lost to Eastern Michigan in second round, 71-68

1996 NCAA Tournament

  • Lost to Arkansas in first round, 86-80

2001 NCAA Tournament

  • Defeated Providence in first round, 69-59
  • Defeated North Carolina in second round, 82-74
  • Lost to Temple in regional semifinal, 84-72

2011 NCAA Tournament

  • Lost to Temple in first round, 66-64



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