Penn State beats Northwestern 59-32 and Basketball Open Thread

Submitted by VCavman24 on March 6th, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Penn State just wrapped up an incredible, high-paced game of the century (/s) in Evanston, beating Northwestern 59-32 (yikes!)  Also, Iowa plays Michigan State tonight.


snarling wolverine

March 6th, 2014 at 9:34 PM ^

Well, I don't think the BTT really matters that much.  (I kind of expect us to lose in it anyway because three games in three days will be tough on a predominantly jump-shooting team.)  But Wisconsin is the only team I don't want to play.  They were the only team to really exploit our post defense, and they don't turn it over.  Anyone else, I don't care.





March 6th, 2014 at 11:36 PM ^

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snarling wolverine

March 6th, 2014 at 9:09 PM ^

Northwestern's little stretch of non-suckiness in January is looking like some crazy Bermuda Triangle juju now.  How did this awful team win five games (including at Wisconsin, Indiana and Minnesota)?  Before and after that streak they looked horrible.




March 6th, 2014 at 9:14 PM ^

So, Northwestern was 10-43 from the field, including 3-22 from beyond the arc - calculations aside, that's basically enough bricks to build a replica of Northwestern University in the event Hedley Lamarr and his hired bad guys should attempt to take over Evanston. In all seriousness, it amounts to an "effective" field goal percentage of 26.75%. Far and away, Northwestern had a better free throw rate - nearly 50% - but they made only 43% of them. Wow.



March 6th, 2014 at 9:57 PM ^

Since all of State's players are back from injury, Dick Vitale is now forced to use the "students are on spring break so it's not as loud in the Breslin Center" excuse. Pathetic.


March 6th, 2014 at 10:07 PM ^

It's pathetic, they're all fully healthy. Payne has had plenty of time to condition, Dawson is perfectly fine, and even Appling and Izzo both admittied that Appling is 100% so no reason to sit him, it's just all mental for him. His never being able to see his shot go into the net is not an injury.


March 6th, 2014 at 10:05 PM ^

They keep using injuries as an excuse but what I don't understand is when they had injuries they were WINNING. In fact they beat Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio st, swept Indiana and their lone loss was Michigan. Since Payne, appling, Dawson came back they've lost to Michigan and Wisconsin on the road and Nebraska and Illinois at home all embarissing loses. They've been fully healthy the past 2 weeks yet there playing average at best


March 6th, 2014 at 10:13 PM ^

It's amazing how much unwarrented respect Izzo gets about his injuries. Yes his guys were injured but you have to deal with it. ESPN is still giving them excuses and they're all back to being healthy besides Appling.


March 6th, 2014 at 10:19 PM ^

My GOD, Vitale.  He's now drooling over sleazy John Calipari and how he will become a Hall of Fame Coach.  

That's almost as bad as Dakich's "Ohio State deserves strength of schedule points for beating Bryant, Vermont and Ohio U," comment during the Illinois game.