More positive press for Talor Battle
The positives keep adding up in the Nittany Lions offseason-Recently Rivals sat down with three of their College Basketball writers to answer several questions. Today’s question: There are three seconds to play, and you’re trailing by two. Who do you want taking the potential winning 3-pointer for you next season?
David Fox’s answer:
Mike Huguenin’s answer:
Steve Megargee’s answer:
Talor Battle–here is what he had to say.
“”I’d go with Penn State‘s Talor Battle, who already has proved he can deliver in such situations, even when his team’s season is on the line. Penn State trailed George Mason by three points in the first round of the NIT when Battle made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime. Battle scored eight points in the extra session, and Penn State went on to win the NIT championship. Battle might seem an odd choice since he’s a streaky shooter who made just 33.9 percent of his 3-point attempts last year, but when his shot is falling, he’s virtually unstoppable. Battle went 7-for-13 from 3-point range on New Year’s Eve to rally Penn State from an 11-point deficit against Northwestern. He was 6-for-12 from beyond the arc two weeks later when Penn State came back from 13 points down to win at Michigan State for the first time in school history. The biggest thing in Battle’s favor is that he’s comfortable taking the final shot. Time and again last season, Penn State made sure Battle had the ball in his hands in the closing seconds of close games. His utter fearlessness in such situations would make me confident he’d make the winning basket every time, no matter how he had fared the rest of the game.””
He does bring up a good stat–In a game that was one of Battle’s best last season, it was also the game hardly anybody saw. I happend to be at the game, and Im sure some people watched it on whatever tv station it was on…espn I believe. But it being New Years Eve, it wasn’t exactly getting much press that day. Battle went 7 of 13 from 3 and ended up with 26 points.
Oddly enough though, somebody made a highlight reel of the game, I imagine that more people have watched this video than actually went to the game.