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On Centre | Penn State: Hoops tournament run a nice diversion

Penn State’s run in in the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament ended Friday against Purdue.
Penn State’s run in in the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament ended Friday against Purdue. AP photo

Why not us?

Yeah, why not?

I have a confession. I have never watched a Penn State men’s basketball game until this year. Although, to be fair, I had never watched any men’s basketball. Ever.

Yes, I know, but it’s central Pennsylvania. I grew up on football and later grudgingly added hockey. In my world, those are my sports. Everything else is a game.

Maybe part of it is that I’m part of a devoutly Pittsburgh sports family. (Let’s not talk about my sister’s sad Flyers problem. I blame her husband.) I mean, come on, how was I supposed to learn about basketball with no black-and-gold motivation?

So when I came to Penn State, well, sports season ended for me when the bowl games were over and started with training camp. Remember back in 2001 when 20 people got arrested after we lost in the NCAA Sweet 16? I honestly had no clue we were even playing.

But this week has sold me on basketball as a story.

As #WhyNotUs swept through social media, I fell down a rabbit hole following the Big Ten games.

Wow, we beat Nebraska! Aw, yeah, Iowa goes down! Purdue ... well, you can’t win ’em all.

Obviously, I have to admit that I know absolutely nothing about how good any of those opponents are. But that doesn’t matter.

What does matter is that over the course of three days, basketball went from being that game that people play between concerts at the Bryce Jordan Center to being a sport that made me want to know more.

Good job, guys. You made me a believer.

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