Penn State announced on Monday that it will be one of eight teams participating in the Legends Classic this November as part of the 2017-18 non-conference schedule. The Championship Rounds of the event will take play at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York and will feature our Nittany Lions along with Oklahoma State, Pitt, and Texas A&M.
While only Oklahoma State appears to stand a chance at appearing in this season’s NCAA Tournament, all three possible opponents for Penn State in the Championship Rounds should provide a decent challenge and resume boost at the very least. This past December, the Lions lost to Pittsburgh 81-73 in Newark, New Jersey.
Besides the Championship Rounds on November 20 and 21, Penn State will host two regional round games against mid-major programs as part of the Legends Classic. Those regional games will include some combination of Pepperdine, Montana, Oral Roberts, and UC Santa Barbara.
Little tournaments like this one are what make early-season college basketball so much fun, so hopefully Pat Chambers and Penn State make the most of the opportunity. If this year’s star freshmen develop like we hope they will, the Lions might just come out of the big city with a trophy.
All four Championship Round games (two semifinals, the final, and a consolation game) will be televised on ESPN networks. If you’d rather be there in person, tickets go on sale this Thursday at noon via Ticketmaster and at the Barclays Center box office.