Early in the game against Illinois, basketball fans saw Pat Chambers giving his players an extremely short leash. Hoping to cut down on turnovers, Chambers said on Monday that any careless turnovers will earn his players a quick trip to the bench to talk about their decision-making process. They’ll need to limit turnovers in order to pull off the win at Indiana on Wednesday.
The men’s lacrosse team starts their season on Saturday, and seem capable of making the 16-team NCAA tournament. Ranked 15th to start the year, this year’s team is expected to finish 3rd in the Big Ten behind the elite programs of Maryland and Johns Hopkins. A third place finish should be enough for a birth into the field of 16, if they are able to avoid losing to the teams beneath them.
The hockey team is in the midst of a rare 2-game losing streak, following a loss on a controversial late goal against Princeton in Philadelphia over the weekend. They’ve fallen to #6 in the latest USCHO poll, and will travel to Minnesota to take on the 7th ranked Golden Gophers this weekend.
The Super Bowl has become more than just a game in America, it’s a cultural event. Two Penn State faculty members have teamed up with a team of scholars from around the globe to study aspects of the event that take place off the field: politics, economics, and culture. Not limited to the U.S., this special issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport will also explore how the game is perceived in Canada, Germany, Great Britain, and Japan. This edition of the journal will be published in February.