Only six games into the 2009 season, Nittany Lion fans have reason to look ahead to the 2010 season. ESPN has announced that the Lions will be one of eight teams playing in the fourth annual ESPN 76 Classic at the Anaheim Convention Center next to Disneyland. Along with the Lions, Cal State Northridge (Big West Conference), Oklahoma State (Big 12), DePaul (Big East), Stanford (Pac-10), Tulsa (Conference USA), UNLV (Mountain West), and Virginia Tech (ACC) have all been invited to the event.
The 76 Classic features four games each day through three days, Nov. 25, 26, and 28. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracket-tournament format. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in a championship Sunday, Nov. 28.
The 2009 76 Classic began Thursday with four teams ranked among the Top 25, including No. 8 West Virginia (2-0), No. 10 Butler (3-0), No. 16 (tie) Minnesota (3-0) and No. 19 (tie) Clemson (4-0). Before Thursday’s opening games, the eight schools in the 2009 field had compiled a 23-2 record. The eight schools in the 2010 76 Classic field have compiled a 28-9 mark to start the 2009-10 season, with Oklahoma State, Tulsa, and UNLV receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll.
All in all it looks like another reason to be excited for next year; the team will be returning every member and adding Taran Buie to the mix during the 2010 campaign that could be one for the ages. We’ve got a lot of 2009 to deal with though. Check back later for more information but until then you can check out the 76 Classic website here.