Penn State basketball plays in-state rival Pitt on Monday night, but the teams won’t be playing in Pennsylvania. Instead, the two sides will meet at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. as part of the Legends Classic.
Penn State-Pitt basketball: Time, game information
Penn State and Pitt play at 9:30 p.m. ET on Monday, Nov. 20.
Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
Date: Monday, Nov. 20, 2017
Location: Barclays Center, Brooklyn
Penn State-Pitt basketball: How to watch
The game will be available to stream on WatchESPN.
Penn State-Pitt basketball preview
Penn State basketball is off to a 4-0 start in the 2017-18 season. But Monday gives the Nittany Lions their first chance to top a Power 5 opponent. Pat Chambers’ team will face Pitt (1-2) at the Barclays Center as part of Legends Classic, a 2-day, 4-team tournament in Brooklyn. Penn State will face either Oklahoma State or Texas A&M at the Barclays Center on Tuesday.
The Nittany Lions got to 4-0 on Friday night with a 79-65 win over Columbia at the Bryce Jordan Center. And they did it without 2 of their starters. Guards Tony Carr and Josh Reaves both missed the latest game with sprained ankles and are questionable for Monday night’s game against Pitt. Carr is Penn State’s leading scorer at 20.0 points per game, and Reaves has averaged 14.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game through his first 3 contests of the season.
Chambers updated the status of both Carr and Reaves after Friday’s game.
“I would say that is to be determined, but (Reaves) is going to try to play on Monday,” the seventh-year Penn State coach said. “So we will see what happens. I’m going to be more optimistic about Tony than Josh, just because Josh was just injured (Friday) just shooting.”
Against Columbia, Penn State was led by senior guard Shep Garner, who scored 26 points, hit 5 3-pointers and went 10-of-18 from the floor. Garner was playing with a mask on after breaking his nose earlier in the season.
“I’m really proud of my team,” Chambers said Friday night. “With all the obstacles and challenges that we have faced in the last 48 hours, with injuries and illness, and the way those kids came out and competed after the Montana game with a quick turn-around was just fun to watch. It was fun to be a part of. Really proud of our guys.”
Penn State is facing Pitt for the second time in as many seasons. The Panthers were an 81-73 winner over Penn State last season, but they have a much different team this season. Pitt is off to a 1-2 start and has losses to Navy and Montana.