Men’s Basketball To Return To Madison Square Garden For Holiday Festival
The Penn State men’s basketball team will return to Madison Square Garden to play St. John’s in the MSG Holiday Festival on December 18, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) July 15, 2016
We predicted that Penn State may not return to Madison Square Garden until at least 2019 because the Lions aren’t slated to play in the scheduled Super Saturday match-ups through 2018. However, this will be the Nittany Lions’ second appearance at Madison Square Garden in 2016, joining the team’s Big Ten Super Saturday loss to Michigan on January 30.
Penn State and St. John’s haven’t met since November 2013, when the Nittany Lions defeated the Red Storm 89-82 in overtime. The series between the two is currently tied at 1-1, with the only other meeting held in 1911 when St. John’s defeated Penn State, 25-17.
Coach Pat Chambers led the Nittany Lions to a 16-16 record last season, while St. John’s recorded an 8-24 season under coach Chris Mullin.