Ahh, Sunday. God's day. A day of reflection, praise, hope, and getting crushed by 25 points at Purdue (17-3, 5-3). Penn State's history in West Lafayette is, how you say, butt-ass awful. Last year, the Lions lost, 61-47. In 2008, 67-53. Purdue looked vulnerable for a brief, three-game stretch earlier this month in losses to Wisconsin, Ohio State, and Northwestern. Since then, the Boilermakers have rebounded with wins against Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
As for Penn State (8-12, 0-8), they've squandered their most reasonable shots at winning a conference game, and now face today's road effort at Purdue, a Wednesday night game at Ohio State, and home dates with Minnesota and Michigan State. There's a light at the end of the tunnel, my friends, and that light is the conclusion of the Big Ten tournament's first round.
The game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network at 3:00 p.m. Our Nittykitties are fifteen point underdogs. If you're curious as to what a successful Penn State basketball team looks like, there's always the replay of PSU's second round NCAA tournament victory over North Carolina -- seriously, that happened! -- 8 p.m. Monday night on the BTN.
Battle music, yes.