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It’s Time For Basketball Season!

Penn State fans, I have a problem with you. We are known nationally as a big time football school with the best student section in the country, which is great. Listen, I like PSU football as much as the next guy and that student section is awesome, but I’m a basketball fan at heart, and I think Talor Battle and the basketball boys are getting ripped off. I have had men’s season tickets the last two years and here are my ten reasons why I think you should join me.

1. Tickets are cheap!

Tickets for entire home schedule are cheap! While football tickets are over $200 for seven or eight games, basketball tickets for the men are $59 and the women are $25. You can also get them both for $75! That’s two team’s entire home schedule! You can buy these tickets starting at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 7th in Alumni Hall of the HUB.

2. Talor Battle

This is our last chance to see one of the best players in Penn State  basketball history. I know, I know, we aren’t exactly Duke, but still, Talor is a two-time All Big 10 point guard–a great leader and scorer who leaves everything on the court every night. Plus, this season he will be sharing the court with his half-brother and freshman star recruit Taran Buie…it’s a family affair!

3. This team has grown up together

Many of these Nittany Lions were on the 2009 NIT Title team. For these five seniors, including Battle, this is their last college go-around and the last chance for us to see them together.

4. $1 Dog Night!

That’s right, I said it, you’re not finding these deals downtown. You can go to some of the Penn State home basketball games this season and get as many hot dogs as you can eat for only $1 each…it’s awesome. Other game deals can be found here.

5. Moments like this

That was by far the most exciting moment I have been a part of at Penn State. That crowd was electric and game was back and forth all night long. Back and forth moments and highs and lows every few seconds for each team is something that is almost impossible to find in a football game or anywhere else but can happen every night at the Bryce Jordan Center.

6. The games are close

While not every game has a last second shot like the one above, Penn State games are almost always close. We never seem to blow anyone out, kind of like our football team vs. Temple, but we hardly ever get blown out either, unlike our football team vs. Iowa. This makes almost all the games hold your interest all the way to the end.

7. The Cheerleaders

Who doesn’t like watching those cheerleaders dance? Not only do they have impressive routines, but hey, they look good too.

8. You’re close to the court

Penn State season tickets are within a few feet of the court. You get the best seats in the house to cheer from. On the other side of the coin, if they do dumb things that get you mad (do they ever do a box out drill in practice?), the players can hear you yell. Very rewarding either way.

9. You get to see other great teams and players

Just in the last two years I have seen multiple great teams and players come through and battle Penn State. I have seen a Final Four team in Michigan State and NBA #2 overall picks in Evan Turner from Ohio State. It is really cool to see these players and teams in such a close area.

10. Did I mention the $1 hot dogs?

Seriously, it’s a great deal.

Let me know, are you gonna get tickets? What makes you buy Penn State basketball tickets every season? I hope you’re convinced and I hope to see you in the stands. I know I’ll be there.

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