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Breaking down the NIT semifinals from multiple angles, and Saquon weighs-in on the New York Giants

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Saquon Barkley doesn’t have a say in which NFL team will end up drafting him, but he likes what he sees in what of the most likely candidates. Playing alongside Odell Beckham Jr. on the New York Giants would force opposing defenses to, “pick your poison,” a phrase commonly used to describe Penn State’s offense during Barkley’s time in State College. While it may be a difficult pill to swallow for Eagles fans, the prospect of Barkley and OBJ on the same offense is enticing for a neutral observer like myself.

Pro-day gave a few unheralded players a chance to perform in front of scouts, and make their case as NFL prospects. Colin Castagna, Saeed Blacknall, and Josh McPhearson aren’t ready to give up their football careers just yet. The York Daily Record looks at their chances to land a roster spot this summer.

The NIT semi-finals are tonight which means previews of the Penn State - Mississippi State game from friends and foes. WKU coach Rick Stansbury fans the flames of the age-old debate of: deep NIT run vs. early NCAA exit - stating that he prefers the former.

Penn State received some advice from the 2009 NIT Championship Team, which they hope to use to propel them to a similar result. Coach Pat Chambers seemed grateful to have a week to prepare for his opponent, which poses difficult match-ups for a team missing their best interior defender. On the other side, MSU coach Ben Howland was not as pleased to have so much time to watch film of Penn State: