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Schedules for 2017 2K Classic, Legends Classic announced

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On Monday afternoon, the matchups for the 2K Classic and Legends Classic were announced.

On Nov. 16, a doubleheader will take place at Madison Square Garden. Providence will take on Washington. The other matchup will feature Virginia Tech and Saint Louis. The Billikens, like the Huskies, under new head coach Mike Hopkins, are in the process of a rebuild. This will likely result in a matchup between the Friars, a fringe top-25 team looking for its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, squaring off against the Hokies, listed at No. 23 in NBC Sports’ early preseason rankings.

The Legends Classic held days later at the Barclays Center will feature a doubleheader of Penn State and Pitt and an old Big 12 showdown between Texas A&M and Oklahoma State. The Nittany Lions and Panthers met last season on a neutral floor, with Pitt picking up an 81-73 victory. The Aggies have not faced the Cowboys since moving to the SEC in 2012.

The Legends Classic will take place Nov. 20-21.

One-time Army football commit pledges to Penn State

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Penn State landed a commitment for 2017 forward John Harrar on Sunday night. But this wasn’t the first time he had given his pledge to a school.

Back in January, Harrar committed to West Point as a tight end who held offers from Temple, New Mexico and UMass, according to Rivals.

However, Penn State offered his a scholarship to play basketball last month. The coaching staff was also on hand for several of his games with the Philly Pride of the Under Armour Association during the April live recruiting evaluation periods.

“I visited April 19,” Harrar told Scout. “I fell in love with the campus. I felt really comfortable hanging out with the coaches and meeting the other players. Plus, being from Pennsylvania, everyone should want to go to Penn State. Great school with great academics.”

Harrar, a 6-foot-9 center, averaged 8.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game for the Philly Pride, which ended the first two weekends in the UAA with a 6-2 record. Harrar registered one double-double in April.

He joins power forward Trent Buttrick and shooting guard Jamari Wheeler, a pair of three-star recruits, in Penn State’s incoming class.

LATE NIGHT SNACKS: No. 4 Iowa State comes back to beat Iowa

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 4 Iowa State 83, Iowa 82

With Jarrod Uthoff scoring 30 points in the first half the Hawkeyes took a 14-point lead into the halftime break and led by as much as 20 in the early stages of the second half. But as many expected the Cyclones steadily worked their way back into the game, with a Monté Morris jumper with 8.9 seconds remaining completing the comeback. Steve Prohm’s team stays undefeated as a result, and Iowa misses out on what could have been a valuable win for their non-conference résumé.

More about this wild game can be seen here.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

Penn State 81, Canisius 67: Patrick Chambers’ Nittany Lions moved to 6-3 on the season with a 14-point win over the Golden Griffins at Rec Hall (Penn State’s home before their move to the Bryce Jordan Center in 1996). Brandon Taylor led four Penn State players in double figures with 18 points and Josh Reaves accounted for eight points, ten rebounds, seven assists and four steals.

Seton Hall 78, Troy 69: The Pirates got complacent after their quick start Thursday night, resulting in this game being tougher than many anticipated. Isaiah White head scored 20 points and Desi Rodriguez added 18 and 11 rebounds to lead the way for Kevin Willard’s team, which is now 7-2 on the season. Troy freshman Jordon Varnado led all scorers with 25 points while also grabbing 11 rebounds.

STARRED

First-half Jarrod Uthoff, Iowa: Uthoff scored 30 points on 11-for-13 shooting and grabbed six rebounds in the first half of Iowa’s game at No. 4 Iowa State.

Jameel McKay, Iowa State: McKay racked up 20 points and 12 rebounds, shooting 10-for-12 from the field in Iowa State’s win over in-state rival Iowa.

Camyn Boone, Missouri State: Boone finished with 24 points and ten rebounds as the Bears beat IUPUI 88-74.

STRUGGLED

Second-half Jarrod Uthoff, Iowa: On the receiving end of more attention, Uthoff shot 1-for-7 from the field and scored just two points in the second half. Iowa State would come back to win 83-82.

T.J. Carpenter, Nicholls State: Carpenter shot 1-for-11 from the field in the Colonels’ blowout loss at San Diego State.

OTHER NOTABLE RESULTS

  • Tim Coleman scored 27 points and Ky Howard added 23 as NJIT picked up a 92-86 overtime win at St. Francis-Brooklyn. Tyreek Jewell led five Terriers in double figures with 21 points.
  • Cheddy Mosely scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds and John Papale added 17 points as Boston University took care of UMass-Lowell, 80-60.
  • Having already picked up a win at Mississippi State, Southern beat Wyoming 68-58 in Laramie. Trelun Banks led the way with 21 points, as the Jaguars won despite Wyoming’s Josh Adams leading all scorers with 25 points.
  • Kellon Thomas and Xavier Pollard scored 16 points apiece to lead Kent State to a 73-62 win over ULM. ULM’s Jamaal Samuel led all scorers with 18 points, but the Warhawks were outscored 23-9 at the foul line.
  • Idaho held off Washington State 78-74, with Perrion Callandret leading the way with 25 points, five rebounds and four assists. The Vandals have beaten the Cougars in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1989-90.
  • Jeremy Hemsley scored 20 points and Trey Kell 15 as San Diego State blew out Nicholls State, 84-47. The Aztecs forced 20 Nicholls State turnovers in the win.

Four-star small forward commits to Penn State

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The connections of the Penn State coaching staff to the Philadelphia basketball scene have resulted in multiple recruits making their way west to State College to play for head coach Patrick Chambers. But the 2016 recruiting class has the talent to be difference-makers for a program in need of a boost, and Friday afternoon Penn State added a third Philadelphia native to what is now a four-member class.

6-foot-7 small forward Lamar Stevens, who trimmed his list to eight schools in late July, verbally committed to Penn State during a press conference held at Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia. Stevens joins high school teammates Tony Carr and Nazeer Bostick, and Oak Hill Academy forward Joe Hampton, in Penn State’s 2016 recruiting haul.

While Penn State’s biggest personnel losses after the 2015-16 season will come in the front court, adding talent to the perimeter was also key for the Nittany Lions. Adding the versatile Stevens to the mix, as he has the skill, athleticism and strength to play either wing position, will certainly help in this regard.

In addition to the four freshmen Penn State will also add former UConn guard Terrence Samuel in 2016-17. Samuel, who was a contributor during UConn’s 2014 national title run, is sitting out the 2015-16 season per NCAA transfer rules.

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Four-star small forward sets four official visits

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Back in mid-August it was reported by the Clarion-Ledger that four-star small forward Mario Kegler would be taking visits to four schools, with the dates yet to be determined. Saturday NBCSports.com confirmed the dates for Kegler’s four official visits, as well as a change in one of the schools that will be hosting him.

Kegler, who’s a senior at Oak Hill Academy after spending last year at Arlington Country Day in Florida, will take his first official visit next weekend (September 18-20) with Arizona State being the hosts. That will be followed by a trip to Penn State the following weekend (September 25-27), with Maryland (October 15-17) and Indiana (October 23-25) also on Kegler’s itinerary.

News of Kegler’s visit dates was first reported by Scout.com.

The change in all of this is that Penn State will have the opportunity to host Kegler. In mid-August it was reported that UConn was one of the four schools that would host Kegler, with Arizona State, Maryland and Indiana being the others.

The Jackson, Mississippi native still has one official visit at his disposal, and the setting up of four official visits does not mean that Kegler has trimmed his list either. Kegler holds many offers, one of which being from a Mississippi State program that hosted him on an unofficial visit in early August.

Former Penn State forward signed to Kansas City Chiefs practice squad

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After playing four seasons of college basketball at Penn State, forward Ross Travis decided to give pro football a shot. While the 6-foot-7 Minnesota native was seen as having the build and athleticism required to give such a transition a chance, he hadn’t played football since his freshman year of high school.

Given the lack of experience it came as no surprise that Travis wasn’t taken in this spring’s NFL Draft, but that didn’t keep him from working towards the goal of landing a spot with an NFL franchise. And Sunday that perseverance paid off, as Travis was signed to the Kansas City Chiefs’ practice squad according to Darren Wolfson of KSTP Minneapolis.

The practice squad is different from the 53-man roster that teams had to work their way down to this weekend (the 53-man roster deadline fell on Saturday), as it consists of ten players who went through the waiver process prior to joining said group. And he joins a team that already has one tight end who has made the transition from college basketball to the pro gridiron in former Milwaukee forward Demetrius Harris.

Kansas City has four tight ends on its 53-man roster, led by Travis Kelce, and it goes without saying that making the move from the practice squad to the active roster can be tough for any player much less one with the on-field experience of Travis. But, being on the practice squad allows Travis to get the reps that he’ll need as he looks to make that transition.