On the heels of yet another undefeated week, including a dominating victory at Purdue, Penn State basketball continues to move up the AP Poll. The Nittany Lions have cracked the top 10, coming in at No. 9 in this week's rankings.
Penn State has won eight straight games, and sits just one game back of No. 7 Maryland for the top spot in the Big Ten. The Lions are two games clear of No. 20 Iowa, Rutgers, and Michigan State.
Ninth equals the highest ranking ever for the Nittany Lion basketball program, which it has achieved twice previously. Most recently the 1995-96 team rose as high as No. 9 on Feb. 12, 1996. The 1953-54 team ended the season at ninth overall as well.
Penn State will look to push its winning streak to nine on Tuesday evening when Illinois visits the Bryce Jordan Center. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. The game will air on FS1, and feature all-access coverage taking viewers behind the scenes of gameday, including head coach Patrick Chambers mic'd up all game. The Nittany Lions hit the road on Sunday for a clash with Indiana in Bloomington.