While tomorrow’s Senior Day clash against the Wisconsin Badgers is the main attraction in Happy Valley this weekend, there are two important Penn State athletic events taking place this afternoon and tonight. Continue fighting through that food induced coma to get the details below.
Men’s Basketball vs. Bucknell 4:30 p.m.
A tough 2-2 start to the season for the Nittany Lions became even more challenging when Tim Frazier’s injury in last Sunday’s loss to Akron was confirmed to be a torn Achilles that will result in the star senior point guard missing the remainder of the season.
This is Pat Chambers’ first opportunity to prepare for an opponent knowing he will be without his best player and senior leader. Do not be fooled by the lack of name recognition with Bucknell. This is a solid program that has pulled off March Madness upsets in previous years and enters the Bryce Jordan Center with a 5-0 record including a road victory against Purdue to open the season.
With Frazier gone, the offensive focus will turn to D.J. Newbill who had a strong game last Sunday with a season high 20 points and 5 assists. While not a true point guard, he will be expected to run the offense, and today should provide a decent barometer of what to expect going forward.
Women’s Soccer vs. Duke 7 p.m.
After an exhilarating 3-2 penalty shootout win over Michigan last Sunday night, the top seeded Penn State Women’s Soccer team is back in action in the NCAA Elite Eight against the Blue Devils tonight at Jeffrey Field. Duke, a three seed, had a bit easier time than the Nittany Lions in its quarterfinals matchup, defeating Virginia 3-1 with 2 goals from forward Kim DeCesare and another one from Mollie Pathman.
For the Nittany Lions, goalkeeper Erin McNulty will try to keep up her solid play after making a few spectacular saves against the Wolverines.
The all-time series between these two squads is even at one win apiece with the last meeting back in September 2001. Whoever breaks the tie tonight will move on to the College Cup in San Diego California a week from now to face either Florida State or Notre Dame. The full bracket can be found here.