Penn State to Face BYU in… Albany?

March 26, 2010 at 11:12 am 1 comment

This just in from the Penn State sports blog The22000: The Nittany Lion basketball team will reportedly face BYU next December in Albany, N.Y. It may sound like a head-scratcher, but fans who follow Penn State hoops closely will know why it makes perfect sense: All-Big Ten guard Talor Battle, a senior next season, is an Albany native, as is his younger brother and incoming freshman Taran Buie. It’ll be the brothers’ only season together, and the chance to play in front of their hometown crowd seems a great reward for two kids who bypassed more successful programs to come to Penn State.

The choice of opponent seems to make even less sense, but again, it’s about roots: BYU star Jimmer Fredette is another New York state native (with an interesting life story you can read more about here) who was once recruited by Penn State — for football. He’s also a former AAU teammate of Battle.

It won’t be official until it’s official, but it almost makes too much sense not to happen. Geography aside, the matchup would go a long way in helping Penn State improve what has been one of the nation’s weaker non-conference schedules in recent years. BYU is coming off an appearance in this year’s NCAA tournament, while the Nittany Lions are hoping to make their first trip to the Big Dance in a decade. Playing — and beating — a team like BYU would be huge for Battle and Co. if they hope to make that leap next year.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

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  • 1. blj1887  |  March 26, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    BYU’s coach also expressed interest in playing a game in NY earlier this year but Siena wasn’t able to play.

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