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Penn State headed to Big Ten final, maybe the NCAA tournament?

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Penn State just crushed Michigan State 61-48 in the Big Ten Conference Tournament semi-finals. Talor Battle finally played well, raining threes down on Sparty in the second half. The Nittany Lions just kept pulling away from a 26-26 halftime score as the Spartans missed shot after shot.

Has Penn State done enough now to reach the NCAA Tournament? Dave Jones thinks so. They can make it a moot point tomorrow when they face Ohio State, who dominated the league this season. Game time is 3:30 on CBS.

Battle carries Penn State to Big Ten finals - ESPN

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With two upsets of Top 25 teams, Penn State basketball continues to be maddening

Penn State’s men’s basketball team just did something they had not done since 1954 — beat two top 25 teams in a row. I like how my friend PSUGirl put it: Birds fall out of sky; Millions of dead fish found; Penn State MBB beats 2 ranked opponents.

First, the Nittany Lions beat Michigan State on Saturday, then on Tuesday, they took out Illinois (The Collegian). This comes after falling flat in their decent non-conference schedule, losing to Mississippi State, Maryland and Maine. Yes, they lost to Maine, but beat two ranked Big Ten teams. If you had told me that Penn State basketball would beat those two programs and Penn State football would not, I wouldn’t have believed you.

The Maryland Bureau Chief emailed me wondering if it was time to start saying “you can’t spell Nittany without N-I-T!” We are certainly approaching that point. It kind of seems like Penn State has done okay against the Spartans and Fighting Illini over the years, though.

David Jones, the Patriot-News “beat” writer for Penn State hoops, who vowed to onlyn attend the Illinois game (and only because he had a commitment nearby), notes that the Nittany Lions have a RPI of 52. They probably need to win another 9 games to have any shot at the NCAA Tournament though. In the end, beating these ranked teams is mostly going to help the teams they lost to early in the season more than it helps themselves. The NIT is likely though and Penn State has done pretty well there historically, winning it two years ago.

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Michigan State Spartans 28 PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS 22

Football season is over.

Penn State played pretty uninspired football for 3 quarters today, falling to the Michigan State Spartans. The Nittany Lions could not get much going offensively after their first drive, when Evan Royster ran roughshod over Sparty. MSU adjusted and built up a 14-3 half time lead. The Nittany Lions seemed to be stopping Sparty for 1 yard gains on first down before giving up 12 yard plays on second down.

QB Matt McGloin did not have a strong game, only making plays late, for the most part. He looked cold throughout the game, and if I were coaching, I would have pulled him in the 3rd quarter for Rob Bolden. McGloin’s subsequent touchdown drives showed what he was capable of, but it was too little too late. As far as I am concerned, the quarterback position should be open going into the bowl game. Graham Zug had several important catches in his final home game.

WR Derek Moye gets the game ball for Penn State. He made several clutch catches, probably would have had a touchdown late if the replay did not have to be inconclusive, and then got one anyway after stripping a Spartan DB who inexplicably ran an interception out of the end zone.

The defense was not very good today and missed Mike Mauti, who got some playing time, but did not start. Bani Gbadyu had a couple tackles for a loss, which was a nice change. The defense could not get much pressure on MSU QB Kirk Cousins, and that was what they needed to do to win. The defense did make two big fumble recoveries in the 4th quarter, though.

Special teams were terrible for Penn State. They never got good field position based on kick returns and Alex Butterworth did not have much success punting, hopefully Anthony Fera is back for the bowl game. Two 2-point conversions failed, though one was not planned, but holder Brett Bracket had trouble with the snap and overthrow an open receiver.

A disappointing end to the 2010 regular season. Given where Penn State was after the Illinois loss, they recovered okay and gave us a couple of great games against Michigan and Northwestern, plus a zany one against Indiana in my back yard, but this team underachieved. Better leadership and a healthier Joe Paterno are needed if they will improve against a tough 2011 schedule. I am still going to miss football Saturdays though.

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