Extended road trips are common for NBA teams. In the college ranks, however, major conference programs rarely venture away from home for more than a few consecutive days at a time during the regular season.
But Penn State coach Pat Chambers is doing something a little different as the holidays approach this season.
Friday afternoon, the Nittany Lions left University Park for a Saturday game vs. Drexel (1-7) at the Palestra in Philadelphia (7 p.m. tip). Sunday, Penn State will board a commercial jet in Philly and head straight to Las Vegas.
The Lions will then be in Nevada through next Thursday, a stretch that features two games in the Las Vegas Classic — vs. Colorado Tuesday (10:30 p.m.) and then vs. either SMU or Kent State Wednesday (TBA).
So Chambers’ 7-3 squad will be on the road for a week, and the fifth-year coach admitted the long trip was by design. In the video above, he talks about the road swing.