Penn State basketball (18-5, 8-4) continues its unlikely climb up the AP Top 25, rising to No. 13 in the latest poll. The new ranking marks the highest spot for the Nittany Lions since Feb. 26, 1996 when they were ranked No. 12.
Penn State had as good of a week as anyone in the conference has had all season, winning at now-unranked Michigan State (would be No. 26) for the first time in nearly a decade and taking down Minnesota in a revenge spot. Penn State has now won six straight and has risen to second place in the Big Ten standings.
Senior forward Lamar Stevens splashed a career-best 33 points on Minnesota, and now sits just 75 points from supplanting Jesse Arnelle (2,138) for second all-time on the PSU scoring list.
Pat Chambers and Co. will next head to West Lafayette on Tuesday night to take on a red-hot Purdue team (BTN - 6:30 p.m. EST), before closing out the week Saturday at home against the last-place Northwestern Wildcats (BTN - Noon EST).