Despite finishing the seaso with a pair of important road victories and a pair of wins versus NCAA tournament-bound teams, Rutgers was not granted a home game in this year's NIT. In 2004, Rutgers was granted an opening round home game, in which the Scarlet Knights would be victorious. The opening round victory over Temple earned RU another pair of home games, en route to advancing to Madison Square Garden fr the tournament's Final 4.
Penn State, which plays primarily a 7-man rotation is led by Geary Claxton's 15.4 ppg and 7.6 rbg. The Nittany Lions have a balanced scoring attack with 3 players reaching double figures on average. Though balanced, the Nittany Lions are limited offensively and rank a mere 190th (out of 326 D-I teams) in scoring offense at 67.9 points per game. Rutgers allows 64.4 points per game.
Despite losing handily to Ohio State earlier in the year, Penn State gave the eventual Big 10 Tournament Champs all they could handle over the weekend, eventually falling 63-56.
The opening round contest is set for Tuesday (March 14) with tipoff scheduled for 8:00 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU.
The winner of the Rutgers-Penn State match will travel to St. Joseph's, of the Atlantic-10, on Friday, March 17.