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Beating Indiana

Thanks to readers who have already sent in Bryce Jordan Center memories.

We're accepting them for publication in February. Send them to or to me.

The BJC is 15 years old and Bernie Punt compiled a great list of favorites, published Sunday. It should have you talking.

I promised some favorites this week in this blog, so here goes.

I'll start with basketball. I have many great Penn State basketball memories, topped by attending the win in New Orleans over North Carolina that propelled the Nittany Lions to the Sweet 16. Yes, it really happened.

But we're talking BJC memories here, and my favorite takes me back to the first month of the BJC.

Penn State opened the center by beating Minnesota, then defeated Purdue. But the one that tops my list was the win over Indiana, the first by the Nittany Lions over that Bobby Knight-led team in red.

The score was 82-68, and it led to celebrations in State College.

Penn State, in fact, won its first 14 games at the Jordan Center but that win stood out then as it does now. 

There could be a bigger memory this year, who knows, as this resurgent team is starting to take down giants. Its effort in Columbus in a loss Saturday was awesome.

We'll see. Next in my BJC memories will be country concerts. Stay tuned.