Nov. 1, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State men's basketball team will face Northwood (Fla.) in an exhibition game at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Bryce Jordan Center. Tickets for the game will be $5 general admission and free for students with Student ID.
LIMITED BAG POLICY
Penn State has implemented a limited bag policy at all home athletic events this season. One clear plastic one-gallon plastic bag per person will be permitted for medical needs, child care needs
and general items as needed. Items that can fit in a pocket should remain in patrons' pockets (i.e. keys, cell phone, wallet, glasses, camera, sunscreen, lip balm, make-up). General items of this nature, including those that don't fit in patrons' pocket, can also be placed in a clear plastic one-gallon plastic bag. All clear bags will be inspected through the bag and article check stations as in prior years.
Northwood is private university in the United States with campuses in Midland, Mich., Cedar Hill, Texas and West Palm Beach, Fla., the latter of which will make the trip to University Park Sunday. The Seahawks are a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), competing in The Sun Conference, under the leadership of legendary former Villanova head coach Rollie Massimino. Northwood has an 201-41 record under his tenure with six conference championships in seven years. With the Wildcats, Massimino led the 1984–85 team to the NCAA Championship as an eight seed, upsetting top-seeded Georgetown in the final. The Seahawks, who were selected fifth in the preseason NAIA poll, finished the 2012-13 season with a 30-4 record, a Sun Conference regular-season championship and their seventh-consecutive trip to the NAIA National Tournament.
PRESEASON HONORS FOR FRAZIER
Tim Frazier was named a preseason First Team All-Big Ten selection, announced Thursday at the conference’s media day in Chicago. He is joined by Ohio State’s Aaron Craft, Michigan’s Mitch McGary and Glenn Harris and Michigan State’s Gary Harris and Adreian Payne.
Frazier also is a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award, presented annually to a student-athlete who excels in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition, as well as one of 46 preseason candidates named to the watch list for the Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award. He is one of four players from the Big Ten on the Cousy list, which will be narrowed to a final 20 in early February and then final five by early March.
The Lions return three of their top five scorers and rebounders from 2012-13 and the top two returning scorers of the last two seasons in the Big Ten in guards D.J. Newbill and Frazier. Newbill, who earned valuable experience stepping in for Frazier last season, is the top returning scorer in the Big Ten (16.3 ppg, fifth in B1G in 2012-13).
With Frazier healthy, the duo will make up a formidable backcourt. Sophomore forward Ross Travis, who finished fifth in the Big Ten in rebounding (7.4 rpg) and posted double-doubles in three of his last seven games, and Brandon Taylor, who made 32 3-pointers in his freshman season, are expected to anchor the frontcourt.
The Nittany Lions welcome four freshmen - Payton Banks, Geno Thorpe, Julian Moore and Graham Woodward - to the roster for 2013-14. Additionally, transfers Allen Roberts and John Johnson (eligible following the fall semester) will add depth to the rotation. Jordan Dickerson, a 7-foot center, will practice with the Nittany Lions in 2013-14 while he sits out to satisfy the NCAA transfer rules.
The Lions open the regular season at 4 p.m. Nov. 9 against Wagner in the Bryce Jordan Center. The 17-game home schedule is punctuated by a Dec. 14 matchup vs. Princeton in historic Rec Hall and four contests vs. teams in the USA Today preseason Top 25.
Penn State will face at least seven teams who won 17 or more games and finished in the top 130 of the NCAA RPI rankings last season. The Lions will face five of those teams among eight non-conference home contests. Three of the Lions’ non-conference opponents played in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, including Sweet 16 participant La Salle, which comes to the Bryce Jordan Center Nov. 19. Four teams on the 2013-14 non-conference slate finished last season in the top 100 of the RPI and three of those won 20 or more games, including Bucknell (28-6), Pittsburgh (24-9) and La Salle (24-10).
Nittany Lion basketball single-game tickets or group tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-NITTANY, visiting GoPSUsports.com or through Ticketmaster. Single-game tickets range from $5-$24 with special group ticket rates for groups of 15 fans or more. Six-game mini plans also are currently available and feature games against: Marshall (Dec. 7), Michigan State (Dec. 31), Indiana (Jan. 11), Iowa (Feb. 15), Ohio State (Feb. 27) and Wisconsin (March 2). More information is available on GoPSUsports.com/tickets.