The Penn State men’s basketball team is 6-2 in its last eight contests, including a 79-56 win against then-No. 8 Ohio State on Thursday. Nittany Lions fans are excited about the team’s potential and, according to ESPN’s Joe Lunardi, they have good reason to be.
When the man known as the bracketologist was asked which bubble team he sees potentially making a run in the NCAA Tournament, this was his answer:
Penn State https://t.co/2JgjmzVwZY
— Joe Lunardi (@ESPNLunardi) February 19, 2018
Penn State (19-10, 9-7 Big Ten) did fall to Purdue on Sunday, 76-73 — a loss that curbed the team’s momentum a bit. The Nittany Lions led 36-32 at the half against the Boilermakers, ranked No. 6 at the time, but Penn State had no answer for sophomore Carsen Edwards and his game-high 27 points. Sophomore guard Tony Carr scored 19 points and recorded 5 rebounds and 5 assists for Penn State.
The Nittany Lions can get back on the right track Wednesday against No. 17 Michigan in a game airing on the Big Ten Network at 7 p.m. ET.
Carr is averaging a team-high 19.6 points per game and is shooting 42.1 percent from the field. Sophomore forward Lamar Stevens also been a solid contributor, averaging 15.1 points per game.
Penn State is currently ranked No. 77 in RPI, one of the tools used by the NCAA Selection Committee to evaluate teams.