Penn State to Participate in 2013 Barclays Center Classic in Brooklyn
Just days after the Penn State men’s basketball season came to an end, fans are already getting a glimpse at next year’s non-conference slate.
It was announced by NBA.com and SNY.TV’s Adam Zagoria on Saturday and confirmed in a press release by Penn State Sunday that the Nittany Lions will be a part of the field for the 2013 Barclays Center Classic in Brooklyn on November 29-30.
Penn State will join Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, and St. John’s for the event’s second year, which is held at the Barclays Center, the newly-built, 17,732-seat home of the Brooklyn Nets.
In what will be Pat Chambers’ third year at the helm, Penn State will be competing in their third in-season tournament since Chambers’ hire. The Nittany Lions knocked off Providence and fell to then sixth-ranked North Carolina State and MAC champion Akron in the 2012 Puerto Rico Tip-Off. They also competed in the 2011 Hall of Fame Tip-Off at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut where they beat South Florida and were blown out by Kentucky.
SEC Tournament champion and NCAA Tournament qualifier Ole Miss (and internet sensation Marshall Henderson) is the top team in the Classic that should be the first true test for an improved team that will return more than 80 percent of its 2012 scoring and All-Big Ten point guard Tim Frazier, who was lost in the Akron game to an Achilles injury.
Leading scorers D.J. Newbill and Jermaine Marshall will also return to a backcourt that will be boosted by Pitt transfer John Johnson and incoming freshmen Geno Thorpe and Graham Woodward.
The team’s schedule will not be known for several months, but prior scheduling agreements will have the Lions visiting Patriot League champion Bucknell, Penn (at the Palestra in Philadelphia), and Duquesne, while hosting NCAA qualifier La Salle at the Bryce Jordan Center.