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Penn State’s Season Opener Postponed

Tough news for Nittany Lion fans.

NCAA Basketball: Penn State at Iowa Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

The Penn State Nittany Lions got some tough news on Tuesday afternoon as the program learned its home opener on Wednesday against the Drexel Dragons would not be going forward as scheduled. The athletic department put out a release suggesting the cancellation was due to COVID-19 protocols.

This is the first Big Ten game that’s officially been postponed this season due to COVID-19 related concerns, but it certainly won’t be the last. Penn State is coming off a tumultuous last few months highlighted by the departure of long-time head coach Pat Chambers. Fans were hoping to get a good look at the team under the stewardship of Interim Head Coach Jim Ferry on Wednesday. Unfortunately, that won’t be happening.

Penn State’s opener is now slated for Saturday, when the Nittany Lions will host an underwhelming VMI team at home. VMI went 9-24 last season. KenPom projects Penn State as a 20-point favorite in that matchup.

BTPowerhouse will continue to post updates on this game as more is learned.