Ending the season with Indiana and Michigan State at home, will Penn State hold onto a top eight spot?
Though they’re in the midst of a six-game skid which has moved them from three games above .500 to their current mark of 17-20 and three games below .500, Rob Cooper and Penn State are drawing praise throughout the conference for what is transpiring in year one of his direction.
In as respectful of a way possible, the 2014 Nittany Lions aren’t all that talented, a sentiment held by coaches throughout the reason, speaking well on what Cooper has pushed the club to do. A year ago, with the team home to many of the same faces, Penn State finished 14-36 overall, 4-20 in the Big Ten. With expectations little, the belief it would take three of four years to see Coopers impact on the program, there was little reason to believe Penn State would be in a position make the Big Ten Tournament field, another year at or near the bottom of the Big Ten standings forthcoming.
Half-way through the conference season, Penn State is smack in the middle of the conference. One game under .500, the sixth-place Lions are as close to the top as they are the bottom in terms of conference placing.
Can the Nittany Lions keep their head above water and finish a remarkable first season under Cooper in Omaha? If they do, they will be no question they have earned it, the upcoming schedule not one for the faint of heart.
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