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Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions Look To Make It Three Straight On Sunday Morning

by on February 01, 2014 3:49 PM

Penn State will look to make it three straight wins after a 0-6 conference start on Sunday morning in a rematch against the Purdue Boilermakers.

The Nittany Lions may have started off slow, falling in three games by a total of 7 points, but they may have also found their stride at the right time.

"Because of all the adversity and setbacks we've had in some of those games where we lost by a possession and a couple of points, I think that has helped us," Head coach Patrick Chambers said earlier in the week.

"Which is crazy. You always think there's a reason for this, there's a reason why we're going through this. It's only going to make you stronger. And we survived," he said. "And by the way, it's not going anywhere. Every game from here on out is going to be the same, because this league is crazy. It's nuts. It's just crazy."

Chambers is right too, with only three teams in the Big Ten with fewer than four losses, Penn State is still very much in the thick of things. The Nittany Lions aren't thinking about anything other than Purdue, but a win on Sunday would push Penn State out of the conference's basement despite the rocky start.

A win over Ohio State last week may have been the restart the program needed after a strong showing out of conference and so many close losses in conference play. Fans may think of the "what ifs" but Penn State and Chambers are looking straight ahead.

"Next one on the schedule. We're not looking back. I put a lot of thought into that," Chambers said. "We're moving forward. It's about us. We learned a great deal from that Purdue game and for us to come back and get Nebraska shows a lot of what's in the chest of this team."

Things aren't going to get any easier in the final ten or so games this season, but a new found confidence could go along way to getting the season back on track. Penn State is still not in the NCAA Tournament conversation, but a .500 record would make the Nittany Lions eligible for the NIT. A reasonable expectation heading into the year. If nothing else a remarkable turnaround for the 2013-14 season.

But the postseason is still far away. Right now Penn State will just have to wake up in time for an unusual 11:30 AM tip at the Bryce Jordan Center this Sunday.

"We just gotta continue to get better, focus on us and just leave it out there. We gotta get better today, gotta get better tomorrow, and then go compete on Sunday. That's been our way the last couple of weeks and that's the way it's gotta stay."

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Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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