Penn State Basketball Opener vs. Drexel Canceled Due to COVID-19

By Nick Polak on November 24, 2020 at 3:21 pm
Feb 15, 2020; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions guard Myles Dread (2) gestures after shooting a three pint basket during the second half against the Northwestern Wildcats at Bryce Jordan Center. Penn State defeated Northwestern 77-61.
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Update (6:15 p.m.) - According to Penn State interim head coach Jim Ferry, the game is considered postponed, not canceled. A makeup date has not been set as of now.

Penn State Men's Basketball will not be opening its season on Wednesday as originally planned. The opener against Drexel has been canceled according to Jon Rothstein. There was no word on which side was the cause for the cancelation

Rothstein did add that Penn State's game against VMI, currently scheduled for Saturday remaining on at this point, that would seem to imply the Dragons being the cause. To this point, no members of the Penn State team or staff have been publicly reported as testing positive for the virus.

The Lions are set to go into the season under interim head coach Jim Ferry following the resignation of former head coach Pat Chambers. Despite the shocking and poorly-timed loss, Penn State still has a good amount of talent at its disposal for the 2020-21 season, so it will be interesting to see how things shake out in Happy Valley.

Penn State will now open its season on Saturday, November 28 against VMI. The game is set for tip-off at 5:00 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on BTN+. Make sure to stick with Roar Lions Roar for the remainder of our preview coverage for the season, as well as coverage of the games all throughout the year.