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BallHype: hype it up! Sunday, January 6, 2008
With the Big Game approaching fast lots of vacation time available, I needed to keep my mind occupied. With bowl games in Toronto and the G-Mac match up on, I expected it to be a quiet lead up to the championship game in the sports world. But lo and behold I was wrong. Surprisingly, it was the Lion's basketball team that provided the biggest shocker entering Assembly Hall and knocking off the mighty fighting Illini in their Orange fortress. They might not be the championship caliber squad of the last few years, but the Illini are almost invincible at home and Penn State usually plays like a girl's high school squad on their road games so trust me when I say, this is a shocker.
The Nittany Lions faced a hungry Illinois team that had lost its last two at home and was playing for a loud, sell-out crowd of 16,618.
Way to help avenge our upset loss to the Illini in football this year. It was Penn State that upset the Illini on Feb 4, 2006 when they ended the Orange Krush's record 33-game home winning streak knocking them off 66-65. They come back 2 years later and deliver another gut punch to the Illinois faithful.
So what's the big deal beating a mediocre Illini team this year?
  • The 7 game win streak is the longest since 2000-2001. (Thats 8 years ago)
  • This was the first consecutive road win since 1999. (Thats 9 years ago)
  • With the win, Penn State starts off 2-0 for the first time since 2004 (Thats 4 years ago)
So congratulations to the Lion basketball squad. They've been perennially beaten up on since joining the Big Ten so its nice to see them enjoy some success.
posted by Nittany White Out @ 6:33 PM  
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