Nittany Lions Shock No. 2 Ohio State

Penn State's season ends at 15-18. The Nittany Lions couldn't catch a break, and eventually the Spartans started to drift away from Penn State.

The state of New Jersey continues to produce some of the nation's top recruits, the latest being four-star defensive end Tyler Friday.

That's a total of 4 minutes, 2 seconds the Huskers led in their final six games after beating Penn State 82-66 on Valentine's Day.

"I feel like we've grown a lot since that last time we played Penn State", Langford said.

I can honestly say that this is the most focused I have seen this team all season.

The Nittany Lions have talent, and don't have a single senior on its squad, so Penn State could potentially have a strong season next year.

Lourawls "Tum Tum" Nairn Jr. would have an effective game.

"As far as the intelligence of our team, I thought the execution of plays was the best it's been", Izzo said in his postgame press conference.

"That was all we needed to do to win because that's what beat us last time". Tony Carr leads in points with 13.2 and in assists wtih 4.2 per game.

The Spartans raced out to an early lead and never looked back, putting Tom Izzo's mind at ease heading into a quarterfinal matchup with Minnesota. It would also send the Spartans to the conference tournament semifinals for the seventh straight season. Michigan State is going to be a 10 seed come Selection Sunday unless there is a run this weekend and Michigan State becomes back-to-back B1G Tourney champs.

Michigan State went into halftime with a 9-0 run, and they had the lead over Penn State 45-27.

Still Nebraska showed the promise of this season, starting Big Ten play with road wins at then-No. Michigan State plodded ahead and the Nittany Lions struggled to stay on track, by the time Penn State's 12-3 run late in the first half cut the Spartan lead to single digits it was nearly too late.

Michigan State's shooting efficiency dipped in the second half as they shot 9/23 (39.1%) on their field goal attempts, but the Spartans continued to increase their lead as the second half progressed as the Nittany Lions' poor shooting continued. He played a good all-around game, tallying 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting with nine rebounds, three assists and two blocks in a blowout of Penn State.

The Spartans entered the Big Ten Tournament as a bubble team for the NCAA Tournament. The previous record was 42 rebounds against Minnesota on 3/6/98 (its first-ever Tournament game).

  • Larry Hoffman