[quote=“NittanyIllini, post:3, topic:35”]I love watching some of the games that the Illini schedule during November and December. A few years ago they traveled to Maui and faced Zona, Duke and Okie State. Every year they play Mizzou in St Louis. And this year they add Gonzaga, Georgia, Utah, Vanderbilt and Okie State again, mostly at neutral sites. They’ll play at Clemson in the ACC/Big Ten. With this schedule they can afford to add the Woffard’s and Presbyterians without worrying about their RPI.
I know, the Illini have a good track record and probably are a plum get for some of the teams they play, but PSU needs to build up to this type of schedule to be taken seriously come March.
I know we need to walk until we can run, but this team is now ready to break into a steady jog I feel. Scheduling at least one of the top 25 on the road or at a neutral site prior to the Big Ten would give this team a good barometer. Similar to what Kentucky did for the 2001 tourney team.[/quote]
Maybe they’ll wait til Battle graduates. Why can an NJIT play PSU, but PSU can’t play Texas? Why can Beilein take a moribund UM program, which hadn’t made the tourney in years, and play Duke(twice), UCLA, UConn, etc., right away? I think Beilein believes in running right away, not walking. Hmmm. PSU has pg who is legitimate All American candidate(predicted by Tim after about 10 freshmen games), and we’re walking. Doh!