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A Sour End To The Regular Season

It wasn’t the way many thought this season would go.

It was a tough day for the seniors as penalties were a common theme. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

The Penn State Nittany Lions fell in their regular season finale 28-22 at the hands of Michigan State. The Spartans got off to a fast start and took the lead very early and did not look back.

Spartans running back Edwin Baker rushed for 118 yards and a touchdown in the win. Quarterback Kirk Cousins added two touchdown passes to propel Michigan State.

The Spartans took control of the game from the very beginning. They built up a 14-3 lead heading into halftime.

Penn State was able to move the ball in the first half but weren’t able to turn it into points. McGloin was solid in the first half but he just couldn’t move the Nittany Lions into field goal range.

The Spartans added an early third quarter touchdown courtesy of a 24-yard pass from Cousins to wide receiver B.J. Cunningham. It was Cunningham’s second touchdown on the afternoon.

Michigan State took a 21-3 lead and it didn’t look good for Penn State.

But Matt McGloin made a game of it. He started off the fourth quarter with a 25-yard touchdown pass to fullback Joe Suhey.

However the Spartans answered with a 3-yard touchdown pass from Keith Nichol to Charlie Gantt to extend the lead to 28-10.

The Nittany Lions did strike back rather quickly with a 10-yard touchdown run by Evan Royster. Royster had 85 yards rushing on the day.

The defense was able to get some late stops and got the ball back once again. The Nittany Lions did add another late touchdown courtesy of a McGloin 4-yard touchdown pass to Derek Moye to make it 28-22.

But that was as close as the Nittany Lions would get.

Penalties and bad defense were backbreakers for Penn State in the loss. If they would’ve played a more disclipined game, they may have had a strong chance to upend the Spartans.

The Nittany Lions will now look forward to a bowl game this holiday season. It should be interesting to see what type of matchup this unranked Penn State team draws.

It wasn’t the way the seniors wanted to go out at Beaver Stadium but that is the type of year that it has been.

They’ll have a chance to go out with a win in a few weeks in a bowl game.

The Madness is Back

Madness is in the air and Braketology is the class to take this spring. Time for some Dickie V and his “high fliers,” “diaper dandies,” and “dipsey-do, dunk-a-roo’s.” Time for the office pools and the depression when your Final Four crumbles after the first weekend. Here is a look into the teams and players to keep an eye on when filling in your brackets.

Five Teams to Watch:

See full size image-Syracuse #1 – They earned their top spot with their dominant play in the Big East. Villanova, who will seek revenge for an embarrassing loss a couple weeks ago, isn’t the only team who put a target on the back of the Orangemen.

See full size image-Kansas #2 – The 2008 champions were the preseason favorite and deservedly so. Senior Sherron Collins is averaging 15.3 points per game [PPG].

-Kentucky #3 – Led by freshman John Wall, the Wildcats had the best regular season record in the tough SEC. Winning the conference will only build up more steam for the Tournament.

-Duke #4 – The Blue Devils will hope to win the ACC and ride that momentum into the Tourament. This is the last chance for senior Jon Scheyer for Duke, who hasn’t won since 2001.

-Michigan St. #11 – All five starters were key players on last year’s Finals team. Tournament experience could guide them as they look to make noise against the elite.

Five Players to Watch:

Scottie Reynolds, PG, Villanova

 

The senior is averaging 18.8 PPG for the #9 Wildcats, who are hoping to get over their late struggles. Reynolds has the ability to change an entire game, especially with his shooting abilities beyond the arc.

Cole Aldrich, C, Kansas

Aldrich is probably the best big man in college. The 6’11” junior is averaging just under-10 rebounds a game. The Jayhawks will need a dominant center to compete for a second title in three years.

John Wall, PG, Kentucky

Wall is the most exciting freshman in college basketball. He’s averaging 17 points per game and has made Kentucky a favorite in the tournament.

Evan Turner, SF, Ohio St.

The most complete player on this list, Turner is averaging 19.5 PPG and has ripped down 9.3 boards. This kid can do it all as he hopes to give the #6 Buckeyes a chance.

Da’Sean Butler, SF, West Virginia

#11 WVU wouldn’t be anywhere without Butler, who has made a name for himself this year. It’s the last hoorah for the senior, who is averaging a solid 17.2 PPG