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Jim Nantz & Clark Kellogg Drop the Ball Annoucing the Penn State Game
Posted on March 12, 2011 by Mark Eddinger
Penn State beat Michigan State this evening in the Big Ten semifinals, but if you were listening to Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg on CBS you probably wouldn’t have known. For being the lead college basketball announcers and the ones that announce the National Championship game they seem like they don’t know anything about basketball or the selection process.
They announced the game without any knowledge of a Penn State team that was on the bubble and talked up Michigan State the whole game. They could not believe that Penn State had a higher (6) strength of schedule than Michigan State (12). They drank the kool-aid that Michigan State “played everybody.” Yes they did play Connecticut, Duke, Washington, Syracuse, and Texas. But they also played Eastern Michigan, Bowling Green, Prairie View A&M, and Chaminade. In addition they played Iowa three times and Indiana once.
Compare that to Penn State who played Iowa and Indiana only once apiece and intentionally scheduled teams that they thought would have good seasons from small conferences so that they would have a strong strength of schedule. Nantz and Kellogg didn’t know this though.
They also didn’t know that college basketball is cracking down on hits to the head by calling them intentional fouls. That happened late in the game when Tim Frazier took a shot to the head going fo a lay up. Then Nantz didn’t know that on and intentional foul that you don’t get to shoot the two other free throws to make it four you only get two and the ball.
Steve Kerr the third announcer with Nantz and Kellogg couldn’t get a word in edgewise for the whole broadcast, so I can’t fault his knowledge of Penn State or the game.
Penn State is IN the tournament after the 13-point win over Michigan State. If they are not it will be highway robbery. Or maybe the committee listened to much to Nantz and Kellogg who said Penn State still needed to beat No. 1 Ohio State to make the Big Dance.
Penn State’s resume is better than any other bubble team out there. They should be in. If they lose to Ohio State tomorrow I can see them being one of the four teams that play in on of the two play-in-games in Dayton. But if they beat Ohio State to get the automatic bid they should probably be a No. 9 seed.
There was a complete lack of respect for Penn State basketball shown by Nantz and Kellogg today and I hope that they correct that tomorrow when they announce the game against Ohio State. There is also a complete lack of respect shown by everyone who has Penn State below Michigan State and Illinois.
Penn State beat Michigan State two out of three times and split with Illinois. Tomorrow they will have better RPI’s and strength of schedules than both of those teams as well. They finished in a four-way tie with Michigan, Michigan State, and Illinois in the Big Ten. They have better numbers than Michigan too but I am okay with Michigan being ahead of Penn State because the Wolverines beat the Nittany Lions twice.
If the Big Ten does not get seven teams it should be Michigan State or Illinois that don’t get in. Not Penn State. Nantz and Kellogg would like you to believe that the selection process is based on the history of the program. That is not the case, it is based solely on this season.
I leave this post by ending with the simple statement that Penn State HAS DONE ENOUGH and ARE IN THE TOURNAMENT no matter what Nantz and Kellogg have to say.
About Mark Eddinger
I am a 23 year old graduate from Penn State and am currently looking for a job in the sports journalism/sports information department and have decided to start a blog so I can keep writing in the meantime.