Penn State Will Play NC State in Atlantic City in December

By Dan Smith on June 4, 2018 at 2:30 pm
North Carolina State Wolfpack guard Braxton Beverly (10) looks to pass as Penn State Nittany Lions guard Jamari Wheeler (5) defends during the first half at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

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Another piece of the Penn State men's basketball schedule puzzle is in place, as the program confirmed Monday that it will take on North Carolina State this December in a game in Atlantic City. The December 15 event at Boardwalk Hall is being touted as the first "Hall of Fame Boardwalk Classic." Other teams in the one-day quadruple-header include Washington, Virginia Tech, Temple, and Davidson.

It was rumored for some time that the Nittany Lions would be participating in a game in Atlantic City, though previous whispers had Penn State taking on La Salle. A neutral site game against NC State is a significant upgrade for Penn State in terms of out-of-conference strength of schedule.

The two teams faced off last season in Raleigh in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, with the Wolfpack winning 85-78. Center Omer Yurtseven led NC State with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Notably, Yurtseven transferred to Georgetown this offseason.

NC State is coming off a season in which they finished 21-12 under first year head coach Kevin Keatts. The Wolfpack were a 9-seed in the NCAA Tournament, falling in the first round to Seton Hall.

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