Nittany Lions Win the NIT

April 3, 2009
Talor and Jamelle celebrate; but do they even have a case for this trophy in the Bryce Jordan Center?

Talor and Jamelle celebrate; but do they even have a case for this trophy in the Bryce Jordan Center?

Well there’s a picture we didn’t realistically think we’d be posting on here.

Penn State used a brilliant second half by beat Baylor by the score of 69-63. The win, Penn State’s school-record 27th of the season, secures the program’s first national tournament championship in history and sends seniors Stanley Pringle, Danny Morrissey and Jamelle Cornley out winners.

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Breaking Down the Brackets: 2009

March 19, 2009

The tournament is here. Games start today a little after 12:00pm.

Here are our brackets and a brief overlook of the reasoning behind them:

NCAA: I consider the NCAA Tournament to be the greatest sporting event of the entire year. Really, Opening Day, the weekend of The Masters and the yearly Penn State v. Ohio State football game are the only things that I could remotely put in its category. Why, it’s quite simple; the fact that Bucknell, a small school in central Pennsylvania can come through and knock off a national power like Kansas make it appealing to everyone. This year, a few cinderellas stick out among the pack.

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2009 Brackets

March 17, 2009

Penn State begins their postseason tonight against the CAA’s George Mason, a team who just three years ago made the Cinderella run of cinderellas going all the way to the Final Four before losing in the national semifinal. Of course I have Penn State winning the NIT, and I will post the bracket on Thursday morning when I come out with my NCAA bracket.

Let’s hope two posts from now we’re not doing a season recap…

For now, printable NIT and NCAA brackets:  NIT  NCAA


So We Think We Can Dance: Pre-Big Ten Tournament Edition

March 11, 2009

Tomorrow afternoon the Big Ten Conference Tournament gets underway at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. After losing their last game in overtime at Iowa on Saturday, Penn State dropped from a 2-seed all the way to a 6-seed. Instead of getting a first-round bye, the Lions will now face Indiana in a game that has no benefit for Penn State. Win, and they’ve beaten a team that has 6 wins, lose and they’ve lost to a team that has six wins. In past years, a win over Indiana would mean a lot; look at last year.

But in past years, the chance to be in the NCAA Tournament has not been on the table with a week to go in the season. Things are much more complicated this time around.

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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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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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Shall we Dance?

January 26, 2009

When Against the Spread was started, we anticipated many football posts and then random fillers to get us to the following August. Since writing has begun, we’ve had a Big Ten Championship in football, a surprise run by the Eagles in the NFL and a World Championship in baseball. It is important to note that our favorite teams include the footballers and the Phillies.

One thing that has changed more frequently then anything else has been the banner at the top of the page. It started off as a mix of Phillies, Eagles and Penn Staters and then transformed to our second original, to the Phillies, then the Big Ten Champs and finally the Rose Bowl header (our personal favorite).

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