Two upsets and one road beatdown of a historically bad Rutgers team in the past two weeks is not a large enough sample to declare a program turnaround. Let's not get ahead of ourselves - Penn State is still a team clinging to hopes of NIT consideration, a far cry from the consistent NCAA Tournament contention that fans of almost every program in America crave.
By a similar token, it'd be naïve to overlook the last two weeks as nothing more than a blip. The Nittany Lions beat then-No. 22 Indiana for their first win over a ranked opponent in two years. They laid a stinker of a second half in Lincoln, but rebounded spectacularly to upset No. 4 Iowa 79-75 in the BJC, never relinquishing their lead for the entire second half. After Saturday's handling of Rutgers, Pat Chambers has his team positioned nicely to record their best conference record during his tenure. Nebraska makes their visit to the BJC on Thursday and a road trip to East Lansing is never easy, but PSU will close out the regular season as home favorites against both Northwestern and Illinois.
The NIT is still likely out of reach barring another dramatic run a the Big Ten tournament, but nonetheless this team is ahead of schedule, at least in comparison to where most expected them to finish (BSD included). Players are developing and the team as a whole is peaking at the right time. As one of Chambers' many mantras goes, they want to be the best team they can be by the end of the year, and it's hard to argue otherwise right now.
By the way, that recruiting class everyone keeps talking about is still inked for next year. More on them later.
So, dear reader, the question we pose to you is this: has your opinion of Chambers changed, either over the course of this season or the past two weeks? If so, why? If not, why? Please show your work, answers will be due by the final bell. You may begin.