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Penn State Basketball To Face LSU In First Round of Emerald Coast Classic

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Penn State will have its hands full against LSU to open the event.

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We knew the Nittany Lions were playing in the 2021 Emerald Coast Classing already, what we didn’t know is who they’d open with. We are no longer in the dark.

Penn State will be playing LSU in the first round of the event. Depending on the results, the Lions will play either Oregon State or Wake Forest in the championship game or third place game.

The Tigers are coming off a second round appearance in the 2021 NCAA Tournament, where they lost to the “last Big Ten team standing” Michigan Wolverines. Under Will Wade, LSU has made the tournament two of the past three years (would have been three if the 2020 tournament had not been canceled), while finishing in the top 3 of the SEC in each of the past three seasons.

The Tigers are powered by a litany of stars, so this should be a stiff test for a Nittany Lions squad that is looking to prove it can still compete after the rollercoaster that was last season.

As we inch closer to the end of the summer, the Nittany Lions’ schedule is coming together. LSU makes for the sixth team that we know of, which leave only five more spots to go:

  • at UMass
  • at VCU
  • at Seton Hall
  • Big Ten/ACC Challenge
  • LSU
  • Oregon State/Wake Forest

As more scheduling news come, we will be sure to report.