A Happy Valley winter? Seems like a misnomer to me.
On with the Fun Facts:
1. Iowa hasn’t lost to a team that’s not currently ranked. Penn State not only isn’t currently ranked, it hasn’t been ranked since 1996.
2. Penn State was 6-36 in Patrick Chambers’ first 42 Big Ten games as head coach. The Nittany Lions are 4-2 since.
3. Chambers and Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery are both from the Philadelphia area, played college basketball in Philly (Philadelphia U./Pennsylvania), and were assistant coaches in Philly (Villanova/Penn).
4. Chambers is the youngest of 12 children, nine of them boys.
5. Penn State has been to the NCAA tournament (2011) and the NCAA Sweet 16 (2001) more recently than Iowa.
6. Iowa’s last NBA draftee was Adam Haluska in 2007. Penn State’s was Calvin Booth in 1999.
7. The first time the two teams met was in 1955, when the Hawkeyes defeated the Lions in the NCAA tournament, 82-53.
8. Penn State didn’t lead for 39 minutes and 54 seconds of its game at Indiana Wednesday. It won. It trailed by 12 points with 3:34 left. It was Penn State’s largest comeback for a road win in eight years. The Nittany Lions made three steals in the last 33 seconds.
9. Last year, Lions guard D.J. Newbill had 46 points in two games against Iowa. The Hawkeyes won both.
19. Newbill’s full name is Devonte Jerrell Newbill. His brothers are named Dominic and Dante. His sister is named Diamond.
11. Newbill attended Strawberry Mansion High School in Philadelphia. It sounds like the name of a fancy private school. But it is anything but, and was considered one of the nation’s most dangerous high schools. Drake is building a recording studio in the school.
11. Hip-hop artist Drake is building a recording studio at Strawberry Mansion.
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