Penn State’s non-conference schedule released
UNIVERSITY PARK – Penn State men’s basketball unveiled a 13-game non-conference slate that features matchups with at least four teams that played in 2013 postseason tournaments and games in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Brooklyn, N.Y.
Tip times and television arrangements will be announced at a later date.
Penn State will face at least seven teams that won 17 or more games and finished in the top 130 of the NCAA RPI rankings last season. The Lions will face five of those teams among eight non-conference home contests. Three of the Lions’ non-conference opponents played in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, including Sweet 16 participant La Salle, which comes to the Bryce Jordan Center on Tuesday, Nov. 19. Four teams on the 2013-14 non-conference slate finished last season in the top 100 of the RPI and three of those won 24 or more games, including Bucknell (28-6), Pittsburgh (24-9) and La Salle (24-10).
“We are playing a very strong non-conference schedule that will test our team early and prepare us for Big Ten Conference play,” Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. “We are thrilled to be going back to play in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh again this season and are looking forward to some great games in a beautiful arena in the Barclays Classic in Brooklyn.”
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The first chance to see the Nittany Lions in action will be on Sunday, Nov. 3 when Penn State takes on Northwood (Fla.) in an exhibition contest at the Jordan Center. Northwood, an NAIA school in West Palm Beach, Florida, is coached by 2013 College Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Rollie Massimino. Massimino led Villanova to the 1985 NCAA Championship and coached the Wildcats for 19 seasons.
Penn State will officially open the season on Saturday, Nov. 9 when it takes on a Wagner team that posted a 19-12 record last year. Bucknell returns to the Jordan Center for the second-straight year on Nov. 13. Penn State downed the Bison in a close 60-57 game last year.
Penn State will return to Philadelphia for the sixth time in the last seven seasons and for the third-straight year under Chambers when the Lions play at Penn on Nov. 16. It will be back-to-back Philadelphia opponents for Penn State when La Salle comes to the Jordan Center in the following game on Nov. 19.
Penn State will begin play in the 2013 Barclays Center Classic with a pair of games in the Jordan Center. The first will be a match-up with Longwood on Nov. 24 followed by a tip vs. Monmouth on Nov. 26. The Lions will continue play in the tournament at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Nov. 29 when they take on a St. John’s team that posted a 17-16 mark last year to reach the NIT.
The Lions will rekindle the most prolific series in program history on Dec. 3 when Penn State travels to Pittsburgh for an ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchup.
Penn State will return home to face Marshall on Dec. 7 before making their second trip to Pittsburgh to take on Duquesne on Dec. 11.
Penn State will close out the non-conference campaign with a pair of home games. The Lions will face Princeton on Dec. 14 and Mount St. Mary’s on Dec. 22. Both teams posted 17 or more wins and finished in the top 130 of the RPI last season.