Penn State-Michigan State Postgame Notes

March 12, 2011

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  • Penn State advances to the championship game for the first time in school history. This is the seventh different school to advance to the title game in the tournament's 14-year history.
  • This is the sixth time that a team which had to play in the opening round has advanced to the championship game. Only once has that team won the championship (#6 seed Iowa in 2001).
  • This is also the second straight year that a #1 and #6 seed will meet with the Big Ten Tournament championship game.
  • This marks the second time in three years and in history that the same two schools have played in the championship game in both the men's and women's Big Ten Basketball Tournaments. In 2009, Purdue and Ohio State met in the title game of both.
  • Twice in history has the same school won both the women's and men's Big Ten Tournament -- in 2001 (Iowa) and 2010 (Ohio State). The Buckeyes will be trying to accomplish that feat this year, having already won the women's Big Ten Tournament title.
  • The trend of a limited number of turnovers continued Saturday. Currently in the nine games this year, teams have combined for 146 turnovers (an average of 8.1 per team). Penn State and Michigan State had seven and nine, respectively in this game.


  • Penn State improves to 9-13 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament and earns its first tournament title game berth
  • Penn State is 2-0 vs. Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament.
  • The Nittany Lions have won seven of their last nine games since Jeff Brooks returned full-strength from a shoulder injury.
  • Penn State is now 17-1 when leading with 5:00 minutes to play and 15-4 when it outrebounds its opponent.
  • Talor Battle has played the most minutes of any player in this year's Big Ten Tournament (He's played all 120).
  • Battle passed Jamelle Cornley for fourth on PSU's Big Ten Tournament career scoring leaders list (82). Battle also passed Gyasi Cline-Heard for second on PSU's tournament single game scoring list (25).
  • Battle played all 40 minutes against Michigan State, the 14th time this season and seventh time in the last eight games.
  • Battle passed Dee Brown for first on the Big Ten's all-time minutes played list (6,719).
  • Battle passed Cazzie Russell for 12th on the Big Ten's all-time scoring list (2,166).
  • Battle moved into fourth place on Penn State's single-season scoring list (640).
  • Battle tied Joe Crispin for second on Penn State's career 3-pointers made list (308) and moved to third on the NIttany Lions' season 3-pointers made list (97).
  • Battle passed Joe Crispin for third on Penn State's career free-throws made list (450)
  • Battle recorded his 46th career 20+ point game and 16th on the season.
  • Jeff Brooks passed Ed Fogell for 10th on Penn State's season blocks list (44).
  • Tim Frazier recorded a career-high 22 points, his previous career and season highs were 19 and 12 respectively.
  • Frazier moved into a five-way tie for fifth on Penn State's Big Ten Tournament's single-game scoring list (22).
  • Jermaine Marshall recorded a career-high two blocks and played his fourth-most minutes all season.


  • Michigan State appeared in the Big Ten Tournament semifinal for the eighth time in school history.
  • In three of the previous five years, the Spartans have reached the NCAA Sweet 16, including the 2009 Final Four.
  • Kalin Lucas scored 16 points, giving him 130 during his career in the Big Ten Tournament, moving him past Luther Head (ILL, 122) and Joe Crispin (PSU, 127) into sixth on the Big Ten Tournament career scoring list.
  • Lucas posted his seventh straight double-digit scoring game in the Big Ten Tournament.
  • Draymond Green had seven rebounds against Penn State, giving him 34 in this year's Big Ten Tournament, which is the fifth-best by an individual in a single Big Ten Tournament.
  • Michigan State had four blocked shots, giving the Spartans 17 for the tournament, which is tied for the third most for a team in single tournament (Minnesota, 2010).