Penn State basketball fans, the ones who have stuck with this team through the many low points and few high points, you have finally been rewarded.
After defeating Atlantic-10 contender George Washington on Sunday afternoon to push their record to 10-1, the best for a Nittany Lion squad since the 1995-96 squad started 13-0, Pat Chambers' team was rewarded with an "Other Receiving Votes" honor in the AP Top 25 poll for the first time since 2011.
AP Top 25
|1||Kentucky Wildcats (65)||11-0||1,625||1|
|2||Duke Blue Devils||8-0||1,545||2|
|11||Wichita State Shockers||7-1||959||11|
|12||Ohio State Buckeyes||8-1||838||12|
|13||Iowa State Cyclones||8-1||772||14|
|19||San Diego State Aztecs||7-2||424||18|
|20||St. John's Red Storm||8-2||353||24|
|21||Notre Dame Fighting Irish||10-1||351||25|
|22||West Virginia Mountaineers||9-1||333||22|
|24||North Carolina Tar Heels||7-3||122||21|
|25||Michigan State Spartans||7-3||116||NR|
|Others receiving votes: Baylor 97, TCU 80, Colorado State 75, UNI 65, Georgetown 41, California 37, Arkansas 19, Seton Hall 14, VCU 6, Old Dominion 4, LSU 4, Oklahoma State 4, Penn State 3, Davidson 1.|
Two voters, Doug Doughty of the Roanoke Times and Paul Zeise of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, put Penn State in their rankings.
Penn State has the opportunity to increase their non-conference win total to 12 with their last two games before Big Ten play starts. The Lions will take on Drexel in Allentown this Saturday before ending the non-con slate with Dartmouth next Monday. After that, the team gets nine days off to celebrate Christmas and to get ready for their biggest test of the year in their Big Ten opener, taking on Wisconsin in Madison on New Year's Eve. An upset of the Badgers would almost assuredly put Penn State inside the Top-25, but we won't get ahead of ourselves. This team knows that it's a process.
Hopefully, Penn State basketball got you feeling like this:
Or like this:
mfw penn state gets three votes in the ap top 25 poll pic.twitter.com/yQV7ZUgowZ— Bill (@bflip33) December 15, 2014