Penn State: We Are ... Dancing!

Justin PhillipsContributor IFebruary 25, 2009


For the first time in a while, the Penn State Men’s basketball team, not only has the most wins at home at the Jordan Center, but is also becoming pretty potent on the road, notching some pretty impressive victories.

Penn State is led by forward, Jamelle Cornley, who, when he hasn’t been injured, has been a great athlete for the Nittany Lions.

Now healthy, he is a major strength for this team headed into the postseason.

Couple Cornley’s leadership with some young guns that are gaining some experience and this team could go far into March.

I agree that the Big Ten is not the strongest conference this year. In fact, some say it is the weakest; however, players like Cornley and Talor Battle have the speed and strength to hit the right shots at the right time and most importantly to control the tempo of the game, as they have done in key games throughout this season.

This Nittany Lion team has already made quite a bit of noise this season.

They beat Michigan State on the road, Purdue at home and non conference wins versus Penn and Georgia Tech.

They have the necessary tools to not only get into the Big Dance, but could go as far as the Sweet 16 this season.

Of course, no one knows who their opponents will be as of yet, but this Penn State team is in the right place at the right time to make some headway for themselves in the national spotlight.

Penn State basketball is something that for the past few years has been somewhat a paradox.

The team hasn’t really done well, had little to write about, and very little attention nationally on either TV or radio, but now, with Ed DeChellis as coach and recruiting getting better, Happy Valley has a reason to smile on this bunch of guys.

They are gritty, play hard, and are gaining some major experience along the way.

This team will close out its season Saturday at home, then move onto the Big Ten Tournament.