Penn State wins its first NIT

Penn State wins its first NIT

There are 34 comments on the The Morning Call story from Apr 3, 2009, titled Penn State wins its first NIT. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

Talor Battle, scoreless in the first half, came on in the second half, but Penn State's 69-63 win over Baylor for the school's first NIT Championship was mostly carved out by the play of Cornley, playing in his final college basketball game.

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PSU1

Whitehall, PA

#1 Apr 3, 2009
GO STATE!
4TH CHAMPIONSHIP IN PA THIS YEAR!

“Cool Logic - Burning Passion”

Since: Feb 07

Location hidden

#2 Apr 3, 2009
Congratulations!

From walk ons challenging the sorry recruited teams in the early 70's, and winning spots! to this! Upward and onward!
Colombo

Allentown, PA

#3 Apr 3, 2009
Somebody help me here? What is the sport? Football, hockey?
Pitt fan

Colombia

#4 Apr 3, 2009
Congrats on being the best of the losers. Maybe next year you'll make the real tourney.
Professor Chaos

United States

#5 Apr 3, 2009
Pitt fan wrote:
Congrats on being the best of the losers. Maybe next year you'll make the real tourney.
NIT =
Not
In
Tournament

They did finish strong, may bode well for next year.
Drew

Whitehall, PA

#6 Apr 3, 2009
Pitt fan wrote:
Congrats on being the best of the losers. Maybe next year you'll make the real tourney.
Losers? Hardly. At least PSU can say they won the last game of their season which is more than I can say for Pitt.
Come On

Whitehall, PA

#7 Apr 3, 2009
NIT:
No
Interest
Tournament
This will certainly help recruiting the blue-chippers who dream of winning the..."other" tournament.

Since: Feb 09

Allentown, PA

#8 Apr 3, 2009
PSU was better than alot of the automatic bid teams! They shot themselves in the foot though by not winning some games they should have. They did great in the NIT and I hope they can continue their success! Let's Go PSU!

Since: Mar 07

Allentown

#9 Apr 3, 2009
Pitt fan wrote:
Congrats on being the best of the losers. Maybe next year you'll make the real tourney.
Congrats on Pitt winning the tourna.....Ohh....wait....Pitt won NOTHING this year.
joe crispin

United States

#10 Apr 3, 2009
still not as good as my team that made the REAL tourney, and the sweet 16.

For those that think this propels them into next year? Think again Umass won this tourney last year. This year they went 12-18.

enjoy your 66th place trophy PSU. "WE ARE" ... "66"
chocolate thunder

Allentown, PA

#11 Apr 3, 2009
who cares!!! does anyone know what NIT stands for? Not In Tournament, meaning you didn't make the real dance of 64! Penn State will try to grasp on to any kind of chumpionship I guess. Did anyone see Paterno? He looks like a walking corpse! Guck Penn State!
NIT Pickin

Bethlehem, PA

#12 Apr 3, 2009
PSU:
Pretty
Stinky
University

Congrats on the Kiss-your-Sister Award.
Truth

Allentown, PA

#13 Apr 3, 2009
PSU1 wrote:
GO STATE!
4TH CHAMPIONSHIP IN PA THIS YEAR!
The NIT is not a championship. What have they won? A tournament for teams that didn't make the tournament that crowns the national champions. Winning the NIT isn't even as important as winning the BIG 10. Which they lost.
Come On

Whitehall, PA

#14 Apr 3, 2009
Greenhouse Gas Emitter wrote:
PSU was better than alot of the automatic bid teams!
Yeah...so?

I guess you could make a good case that they are the 35th best team in college basketball. Throw a parade.

The fourth champ in PA this year? I think Temple won (sorry, was "champions") of some holiday tournament in Iowa...How far do you want to take this?
Common Sense

United States

#15 Apr 3, 2009
Predictable posts from the Penn State haters, who refuse to acknowledge a major step ahead for the program. It's amusing to see the hate - it's actually a significant step up from being usually being ignored.

While it's not the NCAA title, let's give them credit for what they accomplished this year - I remember what Penn St. basketball was like when I attended in the late 80's, and you would walk into a game and see about 300 people there. They've come a long way...the show of fan support in NYC made it look like a home game, and was nothing short of amazing.

This title will also help them build for the future, since it will increase recognition and respect for PSU basketball. This should help with recruiting, but it probably won't translate to a great year next year, as many of the key players on the team are seniors.

2008-2009 will be remembered as the year PSU showed that it could compete with anybody in basketball on any given night, and became a team that no one looked forward to playing. It's a major step forward for the program, and those involved should be proud of themselves.
chocolate thunder

Allentown, PA

#16 Apr 3, 2009
Common Sense wrote:
Predictable posts from the Penn State haters, who refuse to acknowledge a major step ahead for the program. It's amusing to see the hate - it's actually a significant step up from being usually being ignored.
While it's not the NCAA title, let's give them credit for what they accomplished this year - I remember what Penn St. basketball was like when I attended in the late 80's, and you would walk into a game and see about 300 people there. They've come a long way...the show of fan support in NYC made it look like a home game, and was nothing short of amazing.
This title will also help them build for the future, since it will increase recognition and respect for PSU basketball. This should help with recruiting, but it probably won't translate to a great year next year, as many of the key players on the team are seniors.
2008-2009 will be remembered as the year PSU showed that it could compete with anybody in basketball on any given night, and became a team that no one looked forward to playing. It's a major step forward for the program, and those involved should be proud of themselves.
Are you serious...they won the NIT??? Major recruits are going to go to the programs that were in the real NCAA tournament. Get your bait ready for trouser trout season tomorrow!
Sorry

Catasauqua, PA

#17 Apr 3, 2009
Of all the colleges in this nation (probably many thousand) only 64 get to the NCAA Tourney. The NIT is the second tournament (just after the 64 teams) and a respectable tournament in its own right. Winning it is a pretty good achievement.

Pitt fans should be proud of their team in getting to the Elite Eight. Losing to Villanova, in what was a great game, is nothing to be ashamed of. What is shameful is putting down another team because they are a rival. Be happy for your team and try to be mature about things in the future.
austin scott

Allentown, PA

#18 Apr 3, 2009
Sorry wrote:
Of all the colleges in this nation (probably many thousand) only 64 get to the NCAA Tourney. The NIT is the second tournament (just after the 64 teams) and a respectable tournament in its own right. Winning it is a pretty good achievement.
Pitt fans should be proud of their team in getting to the Elite Eight. Losing to Villanova, in what was a great game, is nothing to be ashamed of. What is shameful is putting down another team because they are a rival. Be happy for your team and try to be mature about things in the future.
Penn State is a biased and racial campus, just like Parkland was. I got screwed by Paterno on and off the field! He cost me my professional career! I should have listened to "do you know who I am" coach Melosky and went elsewhere!
Truth can hurt

Allentown, PA

#19 Apr 3, 2009
The N.I.T. Championship IS a big win! I congratulate Penn State.

Most don't understand the NCAA Tourney picks 64 teams. Many of those picks go to the conference champions, NO MATTER WHAT THEIR RECORD. The committee also tries to find a way to select the balance of the field from over achievers spread across all of the conferences.

Penn State did not WIN its conference, so, it was placed into a bigger pool of many other excellent programs. They weren't selected.

So, what? Penn State continued to accept the competitive challenge and made their way through the N.I.T beating several other excellent basketball teams.

This Penn State team (if selected to the NCAA tournament) would very likely have advanced at least one round.

What troubles me is, that most dedicated player from Whitehall didn't get to play (according to the box score I saw) in his senior season. That's sad, and I believe a horrible decision by the Penn State coach.
what crap

Bethlehem, PA

#20 Apr 3, 2009
come on...The NIT is only open to white payers right ???

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