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Penn State Travels to Boston College for B1G/ACC Challenge

Penn State Travels to Boston College for B1G/ACC Challenge

 PENN STATE (3-2) during BOSTON COLLEGE (3-3)

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Wednesday, Dec. 2 | 7:15 p.m. ET
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Conte Forum (Chestnut Hill, Mass.)
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Dec. 1, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State men’s basketball (3-2) hits a highway for a midweek matchup, roving to Boston College (3-3) to take on a Eagles Wednesday, Dec. 2 during 7:15 p.m. in Conte Forum. The Big Ten/ACC matchup will promote live on ESPNU with Kevin Fitzgerald and Malcolm Huckaby on a call.

Both teams enter a matchup in hunt of their fourth win of a season. The Nittany Lions halted a two-game losing movement with a quip win over Bucknell, 62-58, Saturday, while a Eagles started 3-0 before dropping their subsequent 3 games in a Wooden Legacy Tournament.

Three Nittany Lions are averaging double-figures in scoring: Brandon Taylor (16.6 ppg), Shep Garner (12.6) and Payton Banks (10.6) with Garner also heading in assists (2.8) and Taylor determining a play (6.0).

Banks sunk a 3-pointer with 23 seconds remaining opposite Bucknell final week to mangle a 58-58 tie and give Penn State a lead. Taylor is also entrance off his second career double-double opposite Bucknell (19, points 11 rebounds) and a team’s initial given Jan. 28, 2015 when D.J. Newbill constructed one opposite Minnesota.

SCOUTING BOSTON COLLEGE
The Eagles non-stop their deteriorate 3-0 before dropping any of a final 3 games as partial of a Wooden Legacy competition in Anaheim, Calif. The tourney line-up non-stop with associate Big Ten module Michigan State and continued with UC Irvine and Santa Clara. Graduate send Eli Carter averaged 17.3 points per diversion by a 3 games in California, bolstering his team-leading 18.0 ppg on a season.

SERIES HISTORY

  • This is a 13th assembly all-time between Penn State and Boston College and a initial given 2012. Each of a final dual matchups have been a partial of a B1G/ACC Challenge with any organisation earning a win in a highway contest. 

  • Records are an even 3-3 on any program’s home court. The sole neutral justice matchup was partial of a Music City Invitational in Nashville, Tennessee, finale with a PSU loss.

Previous 10 Meetings


LAST TIME VS. THE EAGLES

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (Nov. 29, 2012) –
Despite a late 18-1 run that cut Boston College’s 20-point second half lead to usually 3 with 3:08 to play, a Nittany Lions (3-3) were incompetent to take a lead and suffered a 73-61 detriment to Boston College (3-4) in a ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Redshirt youth Jermaine Marshall (Etters, Pa.) led Penn State with 25 points going 8-for-13 from a field. Redshirt sophomore D.J. Newbill (Philadelphia, Pa.) was second on a organisation with a career-high 22 points attack 6-of-13 from a margin and 8-of-11 during a tainted line. Sophomore Ross Travis (Chaska, Minn.) had a game-high and career-best 13 rebounds, including 10 defensive boards.

IN THE CHALLENGE
Penn State has won 5 of a final 8 B1G/ACC Challenge games and binds a 6-8 record in 14 Challenge appearances. The Big Ten has defended a Challenge crater for any of a final 6 seasons after winning 8 of 14 games. The Challenge was a tie (6-6) in any of a prior dual seasons with a pretension remaining with a Big Ten after it had won for a prior 3 years in a row. Last season, D.J. Newbill scored 18 points and Shep Garner sum 13 for Penn State (7-1) as a Nittany Lions edged Virginia Tech 61-58 during a Bryce Jordan Center Dec. 3. Penn State singular a Hokies (4-3) to 38.5 percent sharpened from a margin and 28.6 from 3-point operation during a back-and-forth diversion in that a 16-2 second-half run incited movement in Penn State’s favor.

RETURN TO BOSTON
Head manager Patrick Chambers and partner manager Ross Condon spent dual seasons together in a same positions during Boston University in 2010 and 2011. Chambers led a Terriers to back-to-back 21-win seasons and a 2011 America East pretension and NCAA Tournament. He also was assimilated by stream executive of operations David Caporaletti, who was a partner to a conduct manager while during BU.

LOOKING AHEAD
Penn State will lapse to University Park for three-straight games to tighten out a non-conference home line-up by Dec. 12. The Nittany Lions will acquire Eastern Michigan to a BJC during noon Saturday before hosting a span of #ReturntoRec games on Dec. 10 (Canisius, 7 p.m.) and Dec. 12 (Louisiana-Monroe, 2 p.m.). A horde of promotions are accessible for a remaining line-up of non-conference games, commencement with Hoops for a Holidays, Toys for Tots, THON Hoops and visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus — all on Saturday.

CHAMBERS TAKES ON YEAR FIVE
The 2015-16 deteriorate outlines a fifth year during a helm of a Nittany Lions for conduct manager Patrick Chambers. The Philly internal is entrance off his best deteriorate in University Park after posting a win sum (18) that had been surfaced only twice in a final decade and 4 times given 2000. Chambers has seen his altogether win sum stand any of a final 3 years and has continued to make waves in Big Ten play.

SUITS AND SNEAKERS
Head manager Patrick Chambers will enclose suits and sneakers for any diversion during a 2015-16, in respect of a 20th deteriorate of Coaches vs. Cancer – Penn State. The school’s section of CVC is consistently ranks among a Top 10 CVC organizations in a nation. It was started in 1995 underneath afterwards conduct manager Bruce Parkhill and raises supports to support a American Cancer Society as good as a Bob Perks Fund (BPF), a internal commencement that provides approach support for village members and families fighting cancer. Coaches vs. Cancer – Penn State has lifted scarcely $2.5 million to date by a array of year-round events. To get concerned greatfully revisit CVCPENNSTATE.ORG or call 814-234-1023.

FACILITY UPGRADES
The Penn State basketball module recently changed into new training list and video room comforts in a Bryce Jordan Center. The $1.2 million plan was propelled by a inexhaustible present from Peter and Ann Tombros and allows a Nittany Lions to implement state of a art technologies. The confluence of a BJC also got a makeover in a offseason, and facilities Nittany and Lady Lion basketball graphics surrounding a circumference, as good during a categorical entrances.

SENIOR LEADERSHIP
A span of four-year players — Brandon Taylor and Donovon Jack — sum with Jordan Dickerson, who has played a year and a half in Happy Valley, and Devin Foster, who assimilated a Lions final year, make adult a 2015-16 comparison class. Taylor and Jack have been a partial of 44 wins in their initial 3 years, a many given a 2011-12 difficulty entered a final year with 57 victories.

ROOKIE RECOGNITION
The beginner difficulty of Josh Reaves, Mike Watkins and Deividas Zemgulis make adult a many heralded organisation to pointer during Penn State to date. The contingent was rated as a No. 28 difficulty in a republic by 247 Sports, imprinting a initial Top 30 organisation to join a Nittany Lions. Both four-star players, Reaves and Watkins were any ranked among a Top 100 players in a nation by ESPN with Reaves holding a No. 81 mark and Watkins entrance in during No. 89 during a time of their signing. Zemgulis was a three-star partisan and a Top 12 awaiting from Maryland.

LIONS GAIN UCONN TRANSFER
Terrence Samuel assimilated a Nittany Lions in Jul after personification dual years during a University of Connecticut. He will have dual seasons of eligibility remaining after sitting out a 2015-16 debate to prove NCAA send rules. A member of a Huskies’ 2014 NCAA Championship team, Samuel saw movement in 65 career games with 8 starts as a sophomore. He averaged 3.6 points and 2.5 rebounds per diversion in his second deteriorate in Storrs with career averages of 3.0 ppg and 1.7 rpg.

BLOCK PARTY
The Nittany Lions have a sum of 3 players in a Penn State Top 10 in a blocks category. Donovon Jack and Jordan Dickerson are tied during No. 8 with 82 career blocks, while Brandon Taylor is 10th with 74. Jack and Dickerson also share a No. 8 position in single-season blocks with 53 after putting adult a sum in 2013-14 and 2014-15, respectively. It was a initial time Penn State had a actor furnish some-more than 50 blocks in back-to-back seasons given 1998 and 1999 when Calvin Booth did so.

RETURN TO REC … TIMES TWO
Penn State’s non-conference report is highlighted by dual games to be played in ancestral Rec Hall. The Nittany Lions will take on Canisius and Louisiana-Monroe Dec. 10 and 12, respectively, as partial of a second Return to Rec. Penn State final played in Rec Hall during a 2013-14 deteriorate in a Return to Rec eventuality that noted a initial men’s basketball diversion played there given a Nittany Lions degraded Wisconsin, 79-50, in a building on Jan. 7, 1996. From 1926-96, a Lions gathered a stellar 514-183 (73.7%) record in Rec Hall, including a 45-game win strain from 1951-55.

PSU TAKES NYC
The Nittany Lion basketball and men’s hockey programs will take over Madison Square Garden Jan. 30 in a initial Big Ten Super Saturday – Hoops and Hockey doubleheader. The teams will both take on Michigan with tip slated for noon and puck dump scheduled for 7 p.m., both on Big Ten Network. in a initial of 4 annual events during “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” that also will horde a 2018 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament Feb. 28-March 4 of that year. Big Ten men’s basketball and hockey programs will play regular-season games during Madison Square Garden in late Jan or early Feb in 2016 by 2019.

LAS VEGAS CLASSIC
Penn State will take partial in a Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic Dec. 22-23 during a Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The Nittany Lions will open movement by holding on Colorado during 10:30 p.m. ET Tuesday, Dec. 22. The leader of a Penn State-Colorado diversion will play a leader of a SMU vs. Kent State matchup during 10:30 p.m. ET Dec. 23 on FoxSports1. The losers in any diversion will play any other during 8 p.m. ET, also on FoxSports1. Each organisation will play 4 games in a Classic — a initial dual during on-campus sites and a final dual rounds during a Orleans Arena. Penn State’s dual games are vs. Canisus and Louisiana-Monroe in a Return to Rec series.

STAFF CHANGES
Head manager Patrick Chambers announced a array of staff changes in a offseason, commencement with a pierce by Ross Condon from executive of operations to partner manager in arise of a depart of Brian Daly. David Caporaletti, who formerly spent 4 seasons as a executive of on-campus recruiting, filled Condon’s former post. Nicholas Colella afterwards changed into a recruiting purpose and connoisseur managers Evann Baker and Kevin Hacke were sum to a mix.

NCAA ANNIVERSARIES
The 2015-16 outlines poignant anniversaries for any of a final 4 NCAA competition appearances by a Nittany Lions.


TWENTY SEASONS IN THE BJC

The 2015-16 debate will be a 20th deteriorate in a Bryce Jordan Center. Since opening a doors to basketball Jan. 7, 1996, with a 79-50 win over Wisconsin, a BJC has hosted 316 Nittany Lion games with a organisation holding a winning commission of 61.1 in those contests. Penn State has won during slightest 10 home games in 4 of a final 5 seasons.

120TH SEASON PENN STATE BASKETBALL
The Nittany Lions embark on a 120th deteriorate of basketball during Penn State and their 25th as a member of a Big Ten in 2015-16. The Lions began play in 1897 with a span of contests vs. Bucknell, who they will face for a fourth-consecutive deteriorate and a 102nd time overall. Penn State has done 13 postseason appearances in a final 27 years (4 NCAA, 8 NIT, 1 CBI) and a sum of 20 (9 NCAA, 10 NIT, 1 CBI) overall.


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