Tomorrow afternoon Ohio State will have a chance to claim its second straight Big Ten Tournament Championship. If the Buckeyes are to achieve this goal, they will need to get past a surging Penn State team. Just as Michigan State used its tournament victory over Purdue to solidify its berth in the NCAA Tournament, Penn State in turn used Michigan State to solidify their own berth, if their prior win over Wisconsin wasn’t quite enough.
This Nittany Lion squad is certainly admirable for its effort these past few days, winning out over higher ranked opponents in what has truly been a last ditch effort to get into the Big Dance. The casual observer has to feel good for the Lions, who fought through a hard Big Ten season but had the look of a team that was going to come up just short yet again. In particular, anyone following Talor Battle’s career with Penn State has to feel good for the senior guard, who became the school’s all-time leading scorer in the Lions victory over Wisconsin. Read More
The next to last game of the Buckeye basketball regular season will take place tomorrow night when Ohio State travels to the Happy Valley to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions. The two teams met earlier this season on January 15th in a game that saw Ohio State hang on to beat the feisty Penn State squad. While it seems at this point that Penn State will just miss the NCAA Tournament once again (barring a run through the Big Ten Tournament), a win over the Buckeyes would certainly be an outstanding conclusion to their home season. The Lions are poised to finish with an overall record of at least 15-15 for the 2010-11 campaign, and the season has brought a number of exciting wins along the way.
The signature win for Penn State this year was a home win against Wisconsin, a game that occurred just two weeks after Ohio State received their own scare in Columbus. In the win over the Badgers, Talor Battle led the way as usual with 22 points, 20 of which came after halftime. The game was a low-scoring affair with a final of only 56-52, but clearly Penn State can be a dangerous team when playing at the Jordan Center. In Big Ten play the Lions are 6-2 when playing at home, compared to 2-6 while on the road. Read More