Penn State Men's Basketball to Host Miami for 2021 Big Ten/ACC Challenge

By Vincent Lungaro on June 28, 2021 at 5:08 pm
Mar 7, 2021; College Park, Maryland, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions forward Seth Lundy (1)reacts after making a basket late in the second half against the Maryland Terrapins at Xfinity Center. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
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Penn State's nonconference slate for the first season under Micah Shrewsberry continues to take shape.

On Monday, it was announced that the Nittany Lions will host Miami (FL) at the Bryce Jordan Center as part of the 2021 Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Penn State hasn't met the Hurricanes on the hardwood since 1995 but the Nittany Lions do hold a 3-0 all-time mark. 

It will be a reunion for associate head coach Adam Fisher, who spent the past eight years on Jim Larrañaga's staff in Coral Gables and each of the last six as an assistant coach.

Penn State is 11-9 all-time in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, which enters its 23rd year as a cross-conference competition. The Nittany Lions have won three straight Challenge games and six of their last seven.

Last season, Penn State steamrolled then-No. 15 Virginia Tech 77-55 as the Big Ten won the Challenge for the second season in a row. 

It was also recently announced that Shrewsberry and Co. would take part in the 2021 Emerald Coast Classic. Penn State will host St. Francis (NY) on Nov. 18 before heading down to Niceville, Florida on the campus of North Florida to take on LSU. 

The Nittany Lions are 2-0 all-time against the Terriers, with the most recent meeting coming in 2003.

In the only previous meeting Penn State and LSU, the Nittany Lions topped the Tigers 78-70 in an East Regional Semifinal clash en route to Penn State's 1954 NCAA Final Four appearance. That still marks the lone Final Four appearance in program history. 

The winner of this matchup between the Tigers and Nittany Lions will face the winner of Oregon State/Wake Forest in the tournament's title game. 

Although not yet made official by the team, it's been reported Penn State will travel to UMass to take on the Minutemen in the first game of a home-and-home series between the two schools. 

More noncon schedule updates for the 2021-22 season are sure to be popping up in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for details on those.