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Penn State Basketball Releases Non-Conference Schedule for 2017-18

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Most games were already known, but now we have dates and the complete list of teams Penn State will be playing this season.

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The Penn State basketball program just announced its non-conference schedule for the 2017-18 season, filling out the gaps for the games we didn’t already know on the schedule. The 13-game schedule will include road trips to NC State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, and George Mason as part of a home and home, as well as neutral site games against two of Texas A&M, Pitt, and Oklahoma State, in the Legends classic.

If you notice something strange about this schedule, namely the huge gap between the NC State game and the George Washington game, that’s due to the Big Ten’s adjusted conference schedule this season. Two Big Ten games are sandwiched between the non-conference schedule in order to accommodate the earlier Big Ten Tournament dates this upcoming sesaon.

Overall, this schedule seems to be a departure from Pat Chambers’ usual “not too light, not too tough” philosophy. We’ll have more on the schedule itself in a later article. For now, here’s each opponent in more detail:

November 10: Campbell

Kenpom (last season): 278
RPI (last season): 246

November 12: Fairleigh Dickinson

Kenpom: 267
RPI: 276

November 15: Montana

Kenpom: 194
RPI: 219

November 17: Columbia

Kenpom: 235
RPI: 261

November 20-21: Legends Classic

Texas A&M

Kenpom: 64
RPI: 93

Oklahoma State

Kenpom: 22
RPI: 39

Pitt

Kenpom: 79
RPI: 71

November 24: Oral Roberts:

Kenpom: 236
RPI: 292

November 29: at NC State

Kenpom: 109
RPI: 140

December 9: George Washington

Kenpom: 132
RPI: 101

December 17: at George Mason

Kenpom: 123
RPI: 101

December 19: Binghamton

Kenpom: 314
RPI: 311

December 22: Rider

Kenpom: 208
RPI: 198

December 30: Coppin State

Kenpom: 343
RPI: 336