Is Penn State in NCAA Tournament with Michigan St. Win?

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When it comes to great college basketball players that have never played in the NCAA Tournament, Penn State Nittany Lions senior point guard Talor Battle has to be considered at the very top of the the list.

Many people often consider Ernie “Mr. Cub” Banks to be the best player in MLB history never to have played in the postseason. He won the NL MVP award with some really terrible Cubs teams in the 1950s. And Battle is kind of like the Big Ten basketball version- in some ways.

But with the 61-48 Big Ten Tournament semifinal win over Michigan State , this comparison likely won’t hold true anymore. It appears PSU has punched their ticket.

By Paul M. Banks

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Talor Battle Becomes PSU All-Time Scorer, Moves Team up Bubble

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In Penn State’s Big Ten Tournament game last night, PSU senior point guard Talor Battle hit the biggest shot of his life. Inside two minutes to go, Battle hit a big three that put Penn St up 35-30 over the Wisconsin Badgers. It ended up being the decisive margin of victory as State held on 36-33, and found themselves with another signature win over #13 Wisconsin.

The shot also made Battle the all-time leading scorer in PSU history with 2,140 points. So just how big of a shot was it?

By Paul M. Banks

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Is Penn State Going to Make the NCAA Tournament?

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It’s certainly a bubblicious time of the year in college basketball; and it’s only going to get more bubbly from here. When you first glance at Penn State, you may wonder how their 15-12, 8-8 in the Big Ten record gets them placed on the dance card.

Look closer and you’ll see a phenomenal #6 strength of schedule and a decent #53 RPI.

“That’s the most important thing to me, when I leave I want to say that I had the opportunity to play in the NCAA Tournament, see what it feels like. That would be the greatest achievement,” said PSU senior guard Talor Battle, following a decisive win at Northwestern.

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Talor Battle’s Accomplishment Unique to Big Ten Basketball

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Penn State guard and Big Ten leading scorer Talor Battle headed to Northwestern needing just three assists to reach 500 on his career. He got exactly three as his Nittany Lions soundly defeated Northwestern 66-52. With the 500 assists under his belt, he becomes the first player to record 2,000 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists in Big Ten history.

Only nine others in Division I college basketball history have reached this feat; they are: Danny Ainge, Speedy Claxton, Johnny Dawkins, Danny Ferry, Ron Lee, Jameer Nelson, Tim Smith, Chris Thomas and Grevis Vasquez.

“It’s a milestone, and a great feeling…and when I look back over it, after I’m done playing it will mean more to me. But right now I’m just focused on getting some big wins to push for postseason play, and that’s my main focus,” said Battle after the game.

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Penn State Wins Another Battle Over Northwestern

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Hard to decide which type of domination is stronger. Penn State’s college basketball domination over Northwestern, or Talor Battle’s owning of the PSU hoops record book. State has won six in a row and ten of eleven versus NU.

Even when they went 3-15 in conference last year, the Lions still beat the Cats twice. And in the Penn State record book, Battle is first all time in minutes, starts, and (if current projections hold, come Big Ten Tournament time) scoring. He’s also third in field goals, assists, and three-pointers.

And on Thursday night, Penn St. jumped out to a 18-2 lead, never looked back and scored a very convincing 66-52 victory in Evanston.

And tonight saw history as well. Battle became the first player in Big Ten (and just the 10th in NCAA Division 1) history to record 2,000 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists.

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Talor Battle about to Become Penn State’s All-Time Leading Scorer

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In Nittany Nation, Jesse Arnelle is the proudest lion; at when it comes to scoring. His 2,138 points is the most in Penn State college basketball history. Arnelle, also PSU’s all-time leading rebounder, led the Lions to the 1954 Final Four.

Current senior point guard Talor Battle is the only other Nittany Lion ever to score two grand, and with 2,066, he needs just 72 more to reach Arnelle. At Northwestern on Thursday begins PSU’s final three games. And if Battle’s averages hold, it looks like he’ll reach the mark in Penn State’s Big Ten Tournament game.

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Talor Battle Goes for 2,000 Points versus Northwestern

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Talor Battle will look to become just the second Big Ten player in the last decade and 22nd in the history of the conference to reach 2,000 points Sunday when Penn State (12-11; 5-7 Big Ten) takes on Northwestern (14-9; 4-8 Big Ten) in a 3:30 p.m. tip at the Bryce Jordan Center.

It is also Alumni Day at the Jordan Center as approximately 30 former Nittany Lions will return for the game. Among them will be three members of the 1954 NCAA Final Four team including 1954 team captain and two-year starter John Sherry, three-year starter and 1956 team captain Bob Hoffman and three-year letterman Dave Edwards.

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Illini Crush Penn State, McCamey’s Final Battle with Talor

Two all-star senior point guards meeting for the final time…unless of course they square off in the Big Ten Tournament. But during the four years that Demetri McCamey manned the one for the Illini, and Talor Battle served in the same role for the Nittany Lions, Battle won the war 5-4. This is a substantial aberration, because Illinois has an all-time 22-10 advantage in the series versus  their Big ten rival, if you subtract the last four years.

Both point guards know what it’s like to shoulder an enormous burden on their teams. Especially in 2009-10, these guys were their teams, as Battle led PSU in scoring, rebounding, assists, minutes and steals. Last year McCamey scored or assisted on an exceedingly high and somewhat disturbing percentage of the Illini scoring.

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Talor Battle Pretty Much is Penn State Basketball

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Battle has played every minute but three in big ten play, and currently leads the Nittany Lions in scoring, rebounding, assists, minutes, and steals. “Guys have been keying in on me defensively, I heard Bruce Weber all game yelling wherever I was at, I felt like he was guarding me,” Battle told me following a 54-53 loss to the Illini.

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Talor Battle and Evan Turner: BFFs

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The Big Ten’s talent is concentrated at the point guard position, junior class. And two of the most talented guys who fit in at both categories (Ohio State’s Evan Turner and Penn State’s Talor Battle) also happen to be very good friends. [Read more…]

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