One of Pat Chambers' first challenges as the head coach at Penn State was to make recruiting inroads in Philadelphia. Today, with the announcement that his Nittany Lions will play a home and home with George Washington, the first of which will be played at the BJC on December 14, Chambers and his staff have made clear what their second challenge will be - the DMV. With quite a few targets in the D.C. area in both the 2015 and 2016 classes, it makes perfect sense to play a game close to the homes of some of the Mid-Atlantic's top targets (more on Penn State's recruiting efforts tomorrow).
As far as the impact on this coming season goes, adding GW to the schedule is a nice move for the Nittany Lions. The Colonials finished with 24 wins last season and lost to Memphis in their opening NCAA Tournament game, their first appearance since 2007. Former Indiana guard Maurice Creek is lost to graduation, but there's still some talent to be found on coach Mike Lonergan's squad - three of the top five scorers, all of whom averaged double-figures, are back. Kethan Savage lead that bunch with a 12.3 ppg average before suffering a season-ending foot injury in January.
George Washington joins Virginia Tech, Bucknell, Marshall and three games in the Charleston Classic as confirmed opponents on Penn State's schedule. There's also the matter of the game in Allentown at the new PPL Center, in which Drexel will be the likely opponent, though we're still waiting for official confirmation.