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2006 Men's Basketball Schedule

This week Penn State released the 2006 Men's Basketball Schedule. Here is how it looks:

Date Team
1-Nov Edinsboro (exhibition)
6-Nov Shippensburg (exhibition)
10-Nov Morehead State
13-Nov UNC Greensboro
17-Nov Stoney Brook
21-Nov Bucknell
25-Nov St. Joseph's
28-Nov at Georgia Tech (B10/ACC Challenge)
2-Dec Morgan State
6-Dec Hartford
9-Dec at Seton Hall
13-Dec Long Island
16-Dec Southeastern Louisiana
23-Dec Maine
30-Dec VMI
3-Jan Northwestern
6-Jan at Purdue
13-Jan Indiana
17-Jan at Michigan
20-Jan Michigan State
24-Jan at Iowa
27-Jan at Minnesota
3-Feb Purdue
7-Feb Wisconsin
10-Feb at Northwestern
14-Feb Ohio State
17-Feb at Wisconsin
21-Feb at Ohio State
24-Feb Illinois
27-Feb Iowa
3-Mar at Indiana

It's not a schedule that is going to impress many people, but there are fifteen teams on the schedule that made either the NCAA or NIT tournament last season. But given our talent level, this should prove to be a challenging bunch of games.

For the first time in several years there is actually some excitement about this team. Last years squad managed to pull themselves out of the bottom of the Big Ten standings and doubled their win total from the previous year going 15-15 and earning a birth in the NIT. Geary Claxton and Big Ten Freshman of the year Jamell Cornley return to lead a squad that won seven games in the Big Ten last season.

Ed DeChellis has the program headed in the right direction. Teams no longer take Penn State for granted as an easy victory. The Nittany Lions are starting to see their success on the court transfer over to recruiting. Rivals Top 150 player Taylor Battle (PG, Albany, NY) has given a verbal commitment to the Nittany Lions showing it is possible to lure talent to Happy Valley.