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Ready for a big game

The Indiana game, arguably, was the biggest basketball game for the Nittany Lions in eight years.

They won, for victory number 20, before more than 15,000 fans at the Bryce Jordan Center on Saturday.

Mission accomplished, until Thursday when Illinois comes to town.

Game time is 9 p.m., so if you're going to the annual CBICC dinner like me you can make it afterward.

So how big is this game? How about the biggest and most critical in eight years, outranking Indiana.

That's how big it is, because the Nittany Lions apparently are sitting right there at the edge of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2001. Another win would look so good. A win at Iowa Sunday would look huge, and a win in the Big Ten tourney would look gigantic.

But one step at a time, and that's Illinois. It's time to pack the Jordan Center. Anyone interested in Penn State basketball should be there on a nice night in March.

It's that big. Hope you're ready. We've been waiting eight years for this.