Penn State Basketball To Play Colorado In Las Vegas Tournament
The Penn State men’s basketball team’s schedule is slowly taking shape, as it announced Friday that the Nittany Lions will face Colorado on December 22 as part of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic. Jon Rothstein of CBSSports was first with the report, and the Colorado basketball Twitter account confirmed the news a few hours later.
This will mark the first meeting between the two programs since 1939, when Colorado defeated the Nittany Lions 29-26 in Happy Valley.
After making the NCAA Tournament each season from 2012-2014, the Buffaloes took a step back last season, falling in the second round of the CBI and finishing with a 16-18 record. Colorado will look to bounce back this season, however, as four starters will return in 2015. Penn State went 18-16 last season, and finished its season in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament.
The winner of this game will face the winner of the Southern Methodist/Kent State game on December 23 for the Las Vegas Classic Championship.
While Penn State hasn’t officially announced its full schedule yet for this season, a few non-conference matchups are already known. The team will play DePaul on November 17, at Duquesne on November 20, at Boston College on December 2 as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, and at George Washington on December 8. The Nittany Lions will also play Michigan on January 30 in Madison Square Garden as part of a doubleheader with the men’s hockey team.