Big Ten has overmatched Penn State basketball
I have enjoyed reading Neil Rudel’s recent articles on the hiring of Micah Shrewsberry as new PSU men’s basketball coach.
For sure, Shreweberry has been influenced by some great college basketball minds, e.g. Brad Stevens and Matt Painter.
I delved into the PSU archives and found the following information on past Lion roundball coaches.
Prior to PSU entering the Big Ten Conference in the 1992-93 season, all former coaches registered at least a .500 record.
Since the 1992-93 inaugural Big Ten season, the five former coaches have an overall 166-341 won-loss record (34%).
One can only conclude that Big Ten play has been a vastly more competitive landscape than the previous Eastern 8, Atlantic 10 or independent status schedules prior to 1992-93.
For Lion basketball fans, the hope rests on Shrewsberry’s Big Ten experience, knowledge and recruiting contacts as the catalyst to moving up in the Big Ten pecking order.
I agree with Rudel’s suggestion that at least two or three seasons will be required to gauge any success of the new coach, especially with the roster being depleted by portal transfers.
As with all successful college basketball programs, the lifeblood rests with the recruiting process.
You need the Jimmys and Joes to match up with the Xs and Os.