Big Ten in the Big Dance: 3 Weeks Left

February 24, 2009

With four games remaining in the season, Penn State is in position to make their first visit to the NCAA Tournament since 2001. Having upset Illinois in one of the ugliest basketball games in history last Wednesday, Penn State jumped into Joe Lunardi’s bracket over the weekend. It probably helped that both Michigan and Ohio State lost on Sunday as well.


Four weeks ago, we put PSU at 50% odds they’d go 6-6 to finish Big Ten play at 9-9. Standing at 8-6 at the present time, that would now be incredibly disappointing. After last week’s game, coach Ed DeChellis proclaimed that if they win 3 of their last four games (@ Ohio State, vs. Indiana, vs. Illinois, @ Iowa) it would be hard to keep them out of the dance.

He’s right.

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2009 NASCAR Preview

February 12, 2009

The NASCAR season unofficially got underway last Saturday night with the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona. In a wild race, Kevin Harvick used a last lap bump from behind to dash to the front of the field just before all hell broke loose behind him. On Sunday, Martin Truex, Jr. won the pole for this Sunday’s Daytona 500, and later today, positions 3-43 will be set for the race via the Gatorade Duels.

With all of this going on in the span of eight days, we found some time to do a quick preview of the drivers who we think will be around for the Chase come September. Read the rest of this entry »

Report: Payless in Nittany Mall out of Glass Slippers

February 3, 2009

Long before the Super Bowl yesterday, State College was abuzz. For the first time since 1996, and the second time since joining the Big Ten, Penn State won it’s fourth consecutive conference game yesterday by upsetting 9th-ranked Michigan State 72-68 at the Breslin Center in East Lansing.

First of all, this was really the first game I’ve watched tip-to-horn all year. This Big Ten Network is great stuff, and if I could watch one game like this every year I’d more than willingly pay for it.

Talor Battle scored 29 points in the win, and 18 of them came from beyond the arc. After being down 13 midway through the first half, the Lions charged to take a one-point lead to the half, after Battle hit a 3 from long distance. Late in the second half, Penn State led by as many as 12 before almost giving the game away at the free-throw line. For the game, Penn State shot just 47% from the stripe. Highlights after the jump…

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