Penn State basketball is back at Rec Hall–for one game, at least. Wednesday, Penn State announced it will host Princeton on Saturday, Dec. 14 in its old gym. [ GoPSUSports.com: Penn State basketball to ‘Return to Rec’ ] “This is a very exciting day for our program, alumni and fans of Penn State basketball,” Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said in a release. “I watched Penn State basketball in Rec Hall when I was younger, and it was electric.” The game will mark the program’s first at Rec Hall since the Nittany Lions steamrolled Wisconsin, 79-50, on Jan. 7, 1996.
Former Penn State guard Jermaine Marshall is planning to transfer to Arizona State. Marshall, the Nittany Lions’ second-leading scorer last season, announced in May that he was forgoing his final year of eligibility to pursue a professional career overseas. The 6-foot-4 guard is now headed to Arizona State instead, as long as he fulfills requirements to graduate this summer. Marshall averaged 15.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists as a junior at Penn State. If he does graduate and become eligible, Marshall would likely be a starter for the Sun Devils alongside Jahii Carson in what could become one of
Get ready for another Nike “Aerographic” basketball uniform. Penn State will wear the uniform design (WATCH reveal) in 2013-14, the team confirmed Thursday. [ RELATED: Nebraska football reveals alternate uniform for UCLA game ] The Big Ten is no stranger to this Nike design. Illinois, Michigan State, Ohio State and Purdue, other Big Ten teams outfitted by Nike, have rocked the look the past couple of seasons, while Minnesota implemented it this past season. Iowa also will debut the design this season. Like Iowa’s recent makeover, Penn State’s includes the design on the back of the jersey (Nittany Lion logo), different font
Penn State expected big things out of senior Jermaine Marshall in 2013-14. Not only was the guard scheduled to be the Big Ten’s second-leading returning scorer (15.3), behind only teammate D.J. Newbill, but he would have been a key cog to Penn State’s possibly elite backcourt. [ GoPSUSports.com: Marshall to forgo senior season of eligibility ] Marshall, however, won’t be around to team with Newbill, 2011-12 All-Big Ten honoree Tim Frazier and Pitt transfer John Johnson this upcoming season. The guard announced Wednesday that he will pursue a pro career following graduation this summer. “This is a difficult decision,” Marshall
The Big Ten released 2013-14 basketball single plays Tuesday. See who all 12 teams will face only once this winter in this post. Illinois: Michigan, Purdue, at Northwestern, at Minnesota Indiana: Ohio State, Iowa, at Purdue, at Minnesota Iowa: Purdue, Nebraska, at Penn State, at Indiana Michigan: Northwestern, Penn State, at Ohio State, at Illinois Michigan State: Nebraska, Minnesota, at Purdue, at Wisconsin Minnesota: Indiana, Illinois, at Michigan State, at Nebraska Nebraska: Wisconsin, Minnesota, at Iowa, at Michigan State Northwestern: Illinois, Penn State, at Ohio State, at Michigan Ohio State: Michigan, Northwestern, at Wisconsin, at Indiana Penn State: Iowa, Wisconsin, at Michigan,
At its spring meetings in Chicago, the Big Ten may discuss if it should have divisional play in basketball, as Rutgers and Maryland are set to join the league in 2014 to make the conference a 14-team entity. My advice: The Big Ten should take a lead from the other major conferences—ACC (12 teams), SEC (14), Pac-12 (12), old Big East (15), Atlantic 10 (16)–and not have divisional play. Yes, having divisions would make for some fun races down the stretch, as more teams likely would be jockeying for division championships. But in the SEC’s instance, it had some years
It’s time to talk the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The event might be six-plus months away, but the 2013 matchups were released Wednesday afternoon. This year’s event is Dec. 3-4, with six games each night, and it features first-year ACC members Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse. That last part, the addition of the three perennial Big East contenders, makes this event even more intriguing and far more daunting for the Big Ten. Not only does the ACC gain those three teams, but with 15 teams total, it gets to keep last year’s three-worst teams (Clemson, Virginia Tech & Wake Forest) out
Yesterday, I took a stab at my way-too-early 2013-14 All-Big Ten teams. Today, it’s time to take a way-too-early look at next season’s Big Ten statistical leaders. From scoring to steals, I offer the top candidates for each category and pick my winners. You have a say, as well. Choose your winner for each category in the polls in this post. INDIVIDUAL STAT LEADERS SCORING Drew Crawford, Northwestern Gary Harris, Michigan State Andre Hollins, Minnesota Devyn Marble, Iowa LaQuinton Ross, Ohio State Dark horse: Terone Johnson, Purdue My winner: Drew Crawford – People are sleeping on Crawford, whether it be
As we still await Adreian Payne’s NBA draft decision, I thought it would be fun to take another way-too-early look ahead to the 2013-14 season. This time, I’ll do it in prediction form, offering five things I’m confident about in 2013-14. See all five in this post. Have a prediction of your own? Feel free to leave it as a comment. 1. Ronnie Johnson, not Yogi Ferrell, will be best point guard in Indiana – No disrespect to Ferrell, whose role is certain to increase in the wake of Indiana losing Jordan Hulls, Victor Oladipo, Christian Watford and Cody Zeller.
Michigan’s John Beilein recently broached a good idea: Make the NBA draft like the MLB draft. “(My preference would) probably be very much like baseball,” Beilein said. “I think that would be a great thing. If there’s a Kobe (Bryant) or LeBron (James) out of high school, he can get that big contract and go. “If not, go (to college) for three years and make an educated decision. Then guys can redshirt and do all these things. That’s ideal in my mind.” Really, it’s a brilliant idea that I would love to see adopted. We know the colleges would like