Penn State Basketball OOC Overview

With some 144 days until the NIT Champions tip off, its a day full of news for the Nittany Lion squad and who they will be playing in their OOC. Some news is older like the Charleston Classic including the Nittany Lions, but for those of you who dont see the college basketball season as never ending here is an up to date list of the Lions OOC as of today.

  • Season Opener: 11/13/09 against Penn (Friday of Indiana football game)
  •  @ Virgina for the ACC Challenge
  • Charleston Classic: The second annual Charleston Classic, a bracket-format tournament, will feature 12 games in three days, Nov. 19-22. Each team will compete in one game per day, with the two teams that remain undefeated facing off in a championship match Sunday, Nov. 22. The second annual Charleston Classic will be held Nov. 19-22 in Charleston, S.C. Four of the teams in the field played in the 2008-09 NIT, including NIT champion Penn State, Davidson, Miami and South Carolina. The Charleston Classic was the first event held at the brand-new Carolina First Arena at the College of Charleston. Last year, attendance for the six sessions was 12,620, an average of 2,103 per session. This is a huge step up from last years Philly Hoops Classic considering that the team was banking on playing Nova until losing to RI in the second round.
  • Gardner Webb – also playing North Carolina, Texas,and Charlotte.
  • @ Temple
  • Virgina Tech @ home
  • Siena and/or American (both rumored) might be included.

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So in total this season OCC so far is much better than previous years. With room for 3 more games there isn’t tons of room for Ed to get a game against a real soft team. It seems as though he is really trying hard to help the RPI this year after it being maybe the sole reason behind the Lions missing the NCAA bid. If this falls into place and the Lions pick up good wins they could be sitting in a good position come Big Ten season.

For those of you on Ed for Gardner-Webb, in order to improve RPI it doesnt take wins against teams like Pitt and Louisville (although that would help) it takes wins against teams that are in the top 150 or so in RPI. Even UNC plays cupcakes, all in all this is the best OCC that Ed has put together, with 4 spots left there is room to make it even better. That being said the addition of teams like Cincinnati or Vermont would keep it about level.

 For those of you who dont like clicking links, heres the basic rundown that the Charleston Classic field has to offer.

The first major upside is that the teams just dont suck as much as the Philly Classic ones. Besides the point that the team wanted to play Nova,  the dropoff in the CC isn’t nearly as bad as it was in the PHC. The average RPI works out to be 148.2 for the CC, and 187.4 for the PHC.

TULANE
Nickname: Green Wave
Conference: Conference USA
Location: New Orleans
2008-09 Record: 14-17
For the fourth consecutive year, the Green Wave won its first game at the Conference USA Tournament, but was eliminated by home-standing Memphis in round two. Tulane finished the season winning four of its final six contests. Former Maryland assistant Dave Dickerson begins his fifth year as head coach for the Green Wave. A charter member of the SEC in 1932, Tulane has been with Conference USA since the league’s inception in 1995.
USF
Nickname: Bulls
Conference: BIG EAST
Location: Tampa, Fla.
2008-09 Record: 9-22
USF is in its fifth year as a member of the BIG EAST conference, and its third season with Stan Heath as head coach. Last season was highlighted by a Feb. 6 win over No. 8 Marquette, the program’s first-ever victory over a top 10 team. Leading the way for the Bulls is junior guard Dominique Jones, a two-time honorable mention BIG EAST selection, who led USF with 18.1 points per game. As a sophomore, he also became the second-fastest Bull to score more than 1,000 points.
SOUTH CAROLINA
Nickname: Gamecocks
Conference: SEC
Location: Columbia, S.C.
2008-09 record (post-season result): 21-10 (NIT 1st round)
The Gamecocks snapped a two-year post-season drought by earning an NIT bid in coach Darrin Horn’s first season. Horn spent the previous five years at Western Kentucky, advancing to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2007-08. South Carolina tied for the top spot in the SEC East division with a 10-6 record, the school’s highest number of conference wins since 1997-98. The Gamecocks played last season at Carolina First Arena, losing an 82-80 overtime contest to the College of Charleston.

 

UNC WILMINGTON
Nickname: Seahawks
Conference: Colonial Athletic Association
Location: Wilmington, N.C.
2008-09 record: 7-25
UNC Wilmington has made the NCAA Tournament four times this decade, most recently in 2005-06. The Seahawks have won 13 of their last 17 CAA Tournament games, but fell in the opening round to Hofstra last season, with a roster featuring only one senior. UNCW also played at Carolina First Arena last December, losing to the College of Charleston. Benny Moss is in his fourth season as coach of the Seahawks.

 

MIAMI
Nickname: Hurricanes
Conference: ACC
Location: Miami
2008-09 Record (post-season result): 19-13 (NIT 2nd round)
In five years under coach Frank Haith, Miami has reached the post-season four times, beating Providence before losing at Florida in the 2009 NIT. Playing in the competitive ACC, the Hurricanes went 6-8 against eventual NCAA Tournament teams last year. Miami recently said goodbye to senior guard Jack McClinton, the most accurate three-point shooter in ACC history (44 percent) and the school’s all-time leader in three-pointers made (286).

LA SALLE
Nickname: Explorers
Conference: Atlantic 10
Location: Philadelphia
2008-09 record: 18-13
La Salle managed 18 wins against a tough schedule that featured nine eventual NCAA Tournament teams, including Final Four participants Connecticut and Villanova. Dr. John Giannini has won 18 games a season twice in his five years as the Explorers’ head coach. A late four-game winning streak had La Salle on the cusp of its first post-season berth since 1991-92, until an overtime loss to St. Louis ended the season at the Atlantic 10 Championship tournament.
DAVIDSON
Nickname: Wildcats
Conference: SoCon
Location: Davidson, N.C.
2008-09 record (post-season result): 27-8 (NIT second round)
Davidson has won at least 20 games in each of the last five seasons. The Wildcats captured the SoCon South Division title last year, posting an 18-2 conference record, though they had their 43-game league winning streak snapped in a loss to the College of Charleston. Guard Stephen Curry departed for the NBA after leading the NCAA in scoring as a junior (28.6 ppg), and becoming Davidson’s all-time leading scorer in just three years (2,635). Bob McKillop has been head coach for the Wildcats for 20 years and is the all-time wins leader (367) for both the school and the SoCon.

 

UPDATE…Final OOC

  • Nov. 13 Penn
  • Nov. 16 Robert Morris
  • Charleston Classic: The second annual Charleston Classic, a bracket-format tournament, will feature 12 games in three days, Nov. 19-22. Each team will compete in one game per day, with the two teams that remain undefeated facing off in a championship match Sunday, Nov. 22. The second annual Charleston Classic will be held Nov. 19-22 in Charleston, S.C. Four of the teams in the field played in the 2008-09 NIT, including NIT champion Penn State, Davidson, Miami and South Carolina. The Charleston Classic was the first event held at the brand-new Carolina First Arena at the College of Charleston. Last year, attendance for the six sessions was 12,620, an average of 2,103 per session. This is a huge step up from last years Philly Hoops Classic considering that the team was banking on playing Nova until losing to RI in the second round.
  • Nov. 25 Sacred Heart
  • Nov. 30 @ Virginia
  • Dec. 5 @ Temple
  • Dec. 8 Maryland Baltimore County
  • Dec. 12 Virginia Tech
  • Dec. 19 Gardner Webb
  • Dec. 21 American

    Penn State’s nine guaranteed non-conference opponents will bring an average RPI of 134, that is better than 80 RPI points lower than the average of last seasons 13 non-conference opponents entering the season.

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    ~ by blj1887 on June 23, 2009.

    One Response to “Penn State Basketball OOC Overview”

    1. I’m excited for the CC. Hopefully PSU will be able to put it together in a tournament and get some RPI boosters. The rest of the schedule looks solid too. I’m hoping for Siena, and a few cupcakes to finish it off.

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