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Updated: 2018-02-23T12:56:23-05:00


D.J. Newbill Named In Most Recent Yahoo! Sports Report



This is all so stupid

Pat Chambers declined to elaborate Monday on a Yahoo! Sports report on the FBI’s ongoing investigation into college hoops.

Friday’s report listed former Nittany Lion D.J. Newbill as one of more than 25 players listed as receiving payment from sports agency ASM Sports.

The reported listed Newbill’s name on a balance sheet dated “As of Dec. 31, 2015” under the headline “Loans to Players.”

It’s unclear, however, when Newbill received the $2,000 payment as he graduated from Penn State in May of 2015 and is currently listed as a client of ASM agent Rich Pina.

According to a report by, Chambers stated “We take the information very seriously. As of right now, the university needs time to look into that story. Until we know more, I’m not going to comment further on that.”

Penn State Post-Season Scenarios: The Final Regular-Season Series


There is still a great deal of opportunity for the Lions to move up in the rankings. No. 17 Penn State (14-13-5) is looking to make a late-season run that could drastically improve its post-season positioning. The team will welcome No. 8 Minnesota to Hockey Valley this weekend in what could be a pivotal series for each team. While the Gophers rest in a comfortable position in terms of gaining an NCAA at-large bid, the team is fighting for a chance to host a Big Ten Tournament opening-round series. With all of the adversity that the Lions have faced over the past month the team can still play its way into fourth place in the Big Ten; a sweep of Minnesota will garner a best-of-three series at the Pegula Ice Arena a week from today. Here is a look at the current Big Ten standings. Minnesota could still leap-frog Michigan with a sweep of the Lions, and gain third place. Penn State is playing for a sweep of Minnesota and then hopes that Wisconsin fails to sweep Ohio State in Columbus. Were both Penn State and Wisconsin to sweep, the Badgers would hold the tie-breaker over the Lions for fourth place. While Penn State’s challenge, beating a very good Gopher team twice, is very difficult, it is not impossible. Should the team fall short, it will travel to either Minnesota or Michigan for the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament. It is more difficult to win road games than it is to win in the friendly confines of the Pegula Ice Arena, and that could prove to be critical for the Lion’s hopes of making the NCAA tournament as an at-large team. Here are the current Pairwise Rankings We included No. 18 Bowling Green in the rankings behind the Lions at No. 17 because the teams are essentially dead-even. The teams that are ranked behind No. 18 would have to win out to get into an at-large position, and hope the Lions and teams in front of them lose as well. So they don’t concern Penn State since the team has to do a great deal of winning to get into an at-large position for the NCAA tournament. One thing to remember is that a team must be .500 or better to get an at-large invitation. So while it would be nice for the Lions to sweep this weekend, if the team were to lose two, it would be all but eliminated from an at-large position. At 14-15-5 with two losses, the Lions would need to sweep the best-of-three, on the road, to keep its head above water were it to lose the following week in the single-game second round of the Big Ten tournament. That would have the team having gone 2-3 to finish the season and on the extreme edges of the NCAA bubble. The other edge of the .500 bubble sword is that there are two teams in front of the Lions that are also in jeopardy, with a less-than-.500 finish, of dropping out of consideration for an at-large bid. It is not as unlikely for the Lions to get into an at-large spot as it may seem. Should the Lions win the series this weekend and then win the next series, at home or away, it is likely the team will end up at 14 or better in the Pairwise, which is often good enough to garner an NCAA invitation. There are many variations of what could happen with anything less than two consecutive series wins for the team, so it is too early to map a course or talk about the team needing the automatic bid that comes with winning the Big Ten tournament. Just as the stakes are high for this weekend and the rewards great, a home series for the first round of the Big Ten Tournament, so too is the bounty considerable were the team able to play into an NCAA tournament invitation. The Lions are the host team for the Allentown regional site for the first round of the NCAA tournament. If the team qualifies for the tournament, it would play there, a short drive from campus. [...]

Mike Watkins Ruled Out For Nebraska Game


Penn State will be without the sophomore big man for its regular season finale. After suffering a right knee injury against Michigan, Mike Watkins has been ruled out for Penn State’s potentially bubble bursting matchup against Nebraska this Sunday. From Penn State Coaches Show Featuring Patrick Chambers: Sophomore Mike Watkins (right knee injury) is out for Sunday's bubble showdown at Nebraska (5:15 p.m., ET @BigTenNetwork).— Andy Katz (@TheAndyKatz) February 23, 2018 We’ll see if the Nittany Lions eventually come calling, but for whatever reason, they’re hesitant to pull the trigger. PSU ‘Croots Jump Into Rivals250 Rivals released updated rankings for the 2019 class earlier this week. There wasn’t a whole lot of movement for prospects that were originally in the Rivals 250 (Lewis Cine, Brandon Smith, etc.), as this update was more so just for prospects that were unranked (Xavier Truss) or for players who were originally given a lazy rating (Taisun Phommachanh had a rating of 5.5, for example). CB Sheridan Jones: No. 118 Reclassified from the 2020 class. Was a borderline five-star there, but still a high-level prospect even with the move. Ohio State appears to lead. S Noa Pola-Gates: No. 137 Made the long trip from Arizona to visit Penn State for the most recent Junior Day. Really, really good athlete. Will continue to land national offers. OT Xavier Truss: No. 139 Talked about on Tuesday. Penn State has done a good job so far, but his recruitment is wide open. QB Taisun Phommachanh: No. 145 Talked about on Tuesday, as well. Penn State, Florida State, and Michigan seem to make sense, but he’ll pick up more offers this winter/spring. LB Osita Ekwonu: No. 148 Not too much known about his recruitment for now, but has a twin brother — OL Ikem Ekwonu — who does not have a Penn State offer. Would imagine they might be a package deal. WR John Metchie: No. 170 Penn State was in on Metchie early, offering the Canadian transplant before his junior season. Lions will have to fend off Notre Dame and Michigan, but Penn State offering early could play huge dividends. TE Jahleel Billingsley: No. 196 Visited Penn State for the February Junior Day. Just landed a Michigan offer; would expect more Big Ten schools to get involved. CB/S Tyler Rudolph: No. 203 If he partakes in the camp scene this spring, he’ll continue to rise in the rankings. Penn State sitting well here. CB Marquis Wilson: No. 220 I’ll bet my first born (Iowa Koerbler) that Maquis Wilson will end up a Top 100 player. Elite ability at cornerback. DL Hakeem Beamon: No. 237 Still believe his future is inside. Reminds me of 2017 Clemson signee Jordan Williams — bigger defensive end that won’t have any problem adding weight. [...]

The Lions Fall To Michigan, 72-63


Pat Chambers’ team played well but it wasn’t enough to beat the No. 17 team in the country tonight. Penn State (19-11 9-8) was unable to get a much-needed conference win in front of a very supportive crowd in the final home game of the season. With the loss, the team will head to Nebraska, needing a win to finish out the regular-season and stay on the NCAA tournament bubble. The teams came out ready to play with each hitting a three-point shot in the early-going. With the score 5-3 and just 3:41 off the clock, Mike Watkins went to the floor with an apparent knee injury. After missing most of the Purdue game with foul trouble, Watkins limped to the sideline with help under each arm, unable to put weight on his right side initially. The massive crowd inside the Bryce Jordan Center was quieted at the sight of the big man being helped off the floor. Satchel Pierce came into the game and scored on his first possession while filling the gaping hole in Penn State’s lineup at the center position. Julian Moore scored on the following trip and the Lions were getting production from each back-up big man, but trailed Michigan 14-9 at the under-eight minute break. Moore added two free-throws and a dunk to cut the lead to 16-15 at the midway point in the opening half. The Lions went into the under-8 minute timeout in the midst of a three-minute scoring drought, but trailed by just three points. Mike Watkins came back into the game with 7:17 left on the clock before halftime but he was noticeably slowed by the injury. Pat Chambers was forced to call a timeout with just under five minutes on the clock to stop a Michigan run that stretched the lead to seven. Watkins went back to the bench. The lead got to as much as thirteen before Penn State was able to begin to cut into it. Lamar Stevens hit a runner in the lane to cut the Michigan lead to 34-26 seconds before halftime. Stevens was quiet early but the basket gave him 8 points at the break. The Lions came out for the second half focused and ready to play. Within two minutes Michigan was forced to call timeout to slow down Pat Chambers’ team, the lead down to just four. Josh Reaves hit his first bucket of the night and Tony Carr hit a runner in the lane to tie the game at 38 apiece. The free throw after being fouled in the process of scoring by Carr gave Penn State a one-point lead in the midst of an 8-0 run. Just four minutes came off the clock and the Wolverine lead had evaporated. Tony Carr found Lamar Stevens for the dunk in transition shortly after and the crowd inside of the Bryce Jordan Center erupted. The score gave the Lions a three-point lead and the crowd was back at full force for the remainder of the game. Michigan fought back, getting two three-pointers by center Moritz Wagner, and the score was 44-43 with 11:33 to play. The teams swapped three-pointers and made baskets and it was 49-48 when there was an issue with the shot-clock that stopped play for almost five minutes with 8:14 left to play in the game. When it was settled, the Lions had only 3 seconds to shoot out of the break, and Shep Garner missed a desperation three. It was a very unfortunate turn of events for Penn State as the clock malfunction cost it a possession. Michigan scored the next five points to take a six-point lead with 7:03 to play. Down five with 4:26 to play, Lamar Stevens missed two free throws, and was 0-4 for the game from the charity stripe at the time. Tony Carr cut the lead to four with 2:43 to play on a made three-pointer. Michigan hit a three-point shot, good for a nine-point lead with just 1:21 after the Lions failed to score on two straight possessions. The game was never in doubt from that point as Michigan hit its free throws to hold the lead. Penn State forced more turnovers than Michigan typically commits. The difference of the game may have come down to a handful of missed free-throws by the Lions when the teams were jockeying for position in the closing minutes. Playe[...]

YAY HOOPS: Penn State vs. Michigan Open Thread



Here. We. Go.

Can you feel it, yet? The first of the final two critical regular season games that could potentially help Penn State’s case for why they should be allowed to partake in the Big Dance tips off at the top of the hour (7:00 PM ET, BTN). Check out Eli’s preview if you haven’t already done so.

As always, the typical open thread rules apply: No porn, no politics/religion, no links to illegal streams of this game, and please be kind to one another, mmkay?

Success With Hyperlinking is Still Recuperating from THON


We got links, y’all. #FTK Another year, another eye-popping effort from Penn State students. THON managed to once-again raise more than $10 million for pediatric cancer research...Looking for the most delicious way to support THON moving forward? The Creamery has introduced its latest flavor, THON Golden Ripple, a tasty blend of chocolate ice cream, golden caramel swirl and white chips. Go out and grab some soon before the line starts to form for the Blue-White Game...Have a tissue handy? Good, now check out this profile of one of the Four Diamond co-founders and how he helped create the nation’s largest student-run philanthropic effort...also, $!@& Mark Emmert. Say Hello to Saquon Penn State’s otherworldly-talented running back/all-purpose yardage machine/lifter of heavy objects is about to make one NFL fanbase incredibly happy...Barkley’s first Nike ad was recently released, and should be one of many as he seeks NFL stardom in the years to come. In Trace We Trust Will Trace McSorley struggle with the absence of Joe Moorhead, who left Penn State to become the head coach at Mississippi State? Nah. Mike Poorman takes a close look at McSorley’s relationship with new offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne, and expects the senior quarterback to do just fine. It’s Pronounced Chow-Duh Are you a Penn State student who loves chowder, but hate the steep prices for your favorite creamy soup? Well boy do I have some great news for you! New Faces, New Places Allen Robinson could be on the move if the Jaguars do not slap the franchise tag on the stupendously talented receiver. Either way, he’s about to get paid. Former Penn State secondary coach Brian Norwood, who also fathered one of the most productive receivers in Penn State history, has accepted the co-defensive coordinator position at Kansas State. Tommy Can You Hear Me? Victory Bell Rings makes the case for Tommy Stevens to get more touches as the “Lion” next season...provided, he’s still in State College. [...]