2017-2018 Student Ticket Sale Announcement

Penn State Men’s Basketball and Legion of Blue are excited to announce the 2017-2018 Men’s Basketball student ticket sale.

Tickets will go on sale August 22nd at 10 AM. The price will be $35, which will cover all home games while students are on campus (including 9 Big Ten games).

Free food will also be provided during pregame for student season ticket holders (while supplies last).

Student season ticket holders will also gain early access (15 minutes) to the BJC for all men’s basketball games.

Student season ticket holders will have special experiences during games and invitations to exclusive men’s basketball events.

Student buyers will automatically become a “Legion of Blue Insider”: This grants special access to student pre-sales for non-basketball related events in the Bryce Jordan Center.

Our exclusive THON Game t-shirt (while supplies last).

A chance to win a TV at every home game during our “No Pressure TV Timeout”.

The deadline to buy tickets is October 31st. Tickets can be purchased online through your student account manager. A quick start guide on how to purchase tickets can be found here Student Central.

Stay tuned to @LegionofBluePSU and @PennStateMBB on Twitter for the newest updates on this year’s ticket sale.

Legion of Blue will host our first general body meeting on August 31st at 7 PM in 102 Forum. #FillTheForum will be the first opportunity for students to join Penn State Basketball as well as Legion of Blue. The event will teach students our cheers and traditions, as well as have visits from members of the team, pizza, shirts, gear, and the student-favorite TV-Timeout.

In April, Legion of Blue announced our new executive board for the 2017-2018 school year. President Nick Malizia, Vice-President Andrew Flatley, as well as the rest of the executive board are excited to begin the new school year and are working hard to make the upcoming season the most exciting yet.

For any questions, feel free to contact us at legionofbluepsu@gmail.com.

Legion of Blue Announces #FillTheForum

Legion of Blue will host our first general body meeting of the 2017-2018 season on Thursday, August 31st at 7:00 PM in 102 Forum. This year’s event, #FillTheForum, will be the first opportunity for students to join Penn State Basketball as well as Legion of Blue.

This year’s meeting shapes up to be better than ever. Members of the team will be in attendance, as well as other special guests. Free pizza will be provided while supplies last, shirts and gear will be given away, and the student-favorite TV-timeout will make it’s way to 102 Forum – that’s right, we’re giving away TV(s) to the loudest students! Come learn our cheers – new and old – and join the climb. We’ll see you in 102 Forum on August 31st!

Follow Legion of Blue on Twitter to stay up-to-date on #FillTheForum!

Have questions about Legion of Blue and/or #FillTheForum? Feel free to email us – legionofbluepsu@gmail.com.

Legion of Blue Introduces New Executive Board

Legion of Blue is excited to announce changes to the Executive Board for the 2017-2018 school year. We would like to thank our seniors for their contributions to the student section this year.

Our former President, Gregory Zelinske, will graduate with a degree in Secondary Education and pursue a career as a high school teacher. Our former Webmaster, Michael Kwasnik, will be graduating with a degree in Meteorology with a focus in forecasting and communication. He will commission in the Navy and begin flight school. Our former Senior Officer Gavin Vanstone, a member of the Schreyer Honors College, will graduate with a degree in biology. He plans to continue onto graduate school.

We are excited to introduce our new President, Nicholas Malizia, a Senior double majoring in Advertising and Political Science. Malizia served as Vice-President for the past two school years and as Social Media Manager for the 2016-2017 school year.

Our new Vice-President will be Andrew Flatley, a Junior majoring in Advertising with minors in History and Business. Flatley served as a Freshman Officer in the 2015-2016 year, and as Treasurer during the 2016-2017 school year.

Mercedes Fraistat is returning as our Secretary for her second consecutive year. She is a Junior majoring in Telecommunications. Fraistat also serves as a co-chair of our Fundraising Committee.

Our new Treasurer is Elizabeth Cooney, a Sophomore majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Digital Media Trends & Analytics as well as History. Cooney joined the board as a member of the Freshmen Council in 2016-2017.

Our returning executive officers are: Alex Trias (Senior, Supply Chain & Information Systems), Shannon Jacob (Junior, Biological Engineering), and Joseph Nadonley (Sophomore, Civil Engineering)

After a difficult interview process, we are excited to welcome our new officers to the executive board: Noah Bergren (Senior, Meteorology), Thomas Carvo (Sophomore, Meteorology), and Vincent Nardella (Sophomore, Graphic Design).

We are incredibly excited for the upcoming basketball season. We will continue our mission of creating one of the most entertaining and impactful student sections in the country while supporting Penn State Basketball.

#WeAre

LoB Exec Predictions – B1G Tourney Round 2

Greg Zelinske, President

I’m going with the same prediction I did when Penn State and Michigan State faces off in the Palestra. Shut down Miles Bridges. Plain and simple. If the Nittany Lions can do that, I foresee them playing again on Friday against Minnesota.

Penn State 72, Michigan State 70

Nick Malizia, Vice-President & Social Media Manager

I packed for five games.

Penn State 72, Michigan State 65

Andrew Flatley, Treasurer

After a long, strenuous overtime win against Nebraska, this team is going to be tired…But they have fight. Watkins is going to have his second monster game in a row, and Sh3p is going to show his true leadership. Carr is going to hit the game winning shot, and PSU is going to squeak it out.

Penn State 73, Michigan State 72

Mercedes Fraistat, Secretary

Hi. It’s me, again. I said I wasn’t going to write another prediction but the team won, so I’ll give this another go. The boys have played Michigan State once this year and it ended well. We can only hope it goes well again. Nick has enough outfits packed for 4 more games so who knows what’s going to happens. Thank you Jon Whetstone for my score prediction- crushing it! Watch the Nittany Lions take on the Michigan State…. something’s tomorrow around 2:30pm! #BLUETogether

Penn State 73, Michigan State 62

Mike Kwasnik, Webmaster

This MSU team will be much different than what we saw in the Palestra. I’m not sure what Spartan team will show up either. But, Michigan State will try to stop Watkins, and we will have open 3’s. Make those, and this game is ours.

Penn State 68, Michigan State 67

Liz Cooney, Executive Officer

After beating Nebraska in OT, Penn State is feeling pretty confident. But to continue to advance in this tournament, they cannot let up. Michigan State is a dangerous team and it’s going to take a solid performance across the board for Penn State to pull off an upset and continue into the 3rd round. That being said, I have full confidence in this team.

Penn State 75, Michigan State 69

Shannon Jacob, Executive Officer

We beat Michigan State in the Palestra and just beat Nebraska in OT. Watkins was on fire during his first appearance in the B1G Tourney and SH3P got his shots back. With Tony Carr bringing his energy for this game, I see the Nittany Lions beating the Spartans once again.

Penn State 76, Michigan State 70

Patrick Burns, Executive Officer

As evidenced by Penn State’s 72-63 win over Michigan State in January, the Nittany Lions match up against the Spartans as well as anyone else in the Big Ten.

There’s two keys to this game for PSU:

  1. Lock down Miles Bridges.
  2. Keep Mike Watkins and Lamar Stevens out of foul trouble.

If Mike Watkins can’t stay on the floor because of foul trouble or if Josh Reaves is still banged up from an ankle injury sustained against Nebraska on Wednesday, Bridges and fellow freshman Nick Ward could very well take over the game for Michigan State. If not, the Nittany Lions move on to face Minnesota.

Penn State 77, Michigan State 75

 

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LoB Exec Predictions: B1G Tournament Style

Greg Zelinske, President

Frankly, I think last time the Nittany Lions and Huskers matched up, it was a bit of a fluke. Nebraska shot better than they had (and have continued to) shoot all year long. I foresee a #B1G game from B1G All-Freshmen Team Member Tony Carr and a big game from a name that hasn’t seemed too familiar as of late: Payton Bank$. Let’s do this. #WhyNotBus

Penn State 74, Nebrasketball 65

 

Nick Malizia, Vice-President & Social Media Manager

I packed for five games.

Penn State 72, Nebraska 65

 

Andrew Flatley, Treasurer

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – The B1G Tourney! I feel like Penn State will be able to make a run this year similar to 2015, and it all starts with Nebraska! Although they shot lights out against the Nits in the last meeting, I feel like it will be impossible to happen again. Tony Carr is going to have the best game of his career thus far after the frustration against Iowa, and Penn State’s going to take the W and move on to MSU.

Penn State 76, Nebraska 67

 

Mercedes Fraistat, Secretary

Yo. It’s me, again. I said I wasn’t going to write another prediction but here I am. The boys have played Nebraska once this year and it didn’t end well. The team wants to make a run in this tourney and prove themselves. Nick packed for 5 games so I mean that can only be an indicator of what’s to come. Thank you Brian Mastro for my score prediction- you rock! Watch the Nittany Lions take on the Nebraska…. something’s tomorrow at 4:30pm! #BLUETogether

Penn State 73, Nebraska 62

 

Mike Kwasnik, Webmaster

Nebraska has to travel far, we don’t, there is an inherent advantage there. Lions have to make their shots. I think they will.

Penn State 85, Nebraska 78

 

Liz Cooney, Executive Officer

Penn State has a chance to make it to at least the quarterfinals of the B1G Tournament. But it starts with a win against Nebraska. The games against them earlier this season was not indicative of how good this team really is. They can truly rise up to their competition and not only play competitively BUT steal a game. The leaders of this team will need to step up and show just how good they truly are. It’s a whole new ballgame in March.

Penn State 69, Nebraska 62

Joe Nadonley, Executive Officer

Penn State has been dealt a bad card this season, with countless games being lost in the final few seconds. That changes today, and Penn State will pull out a convincing win against the Huskers

Penn State 75, Nebraska 68

 

Patrick Burns, Executive Officer

Nebraska had their best shooting performance of the year against Penn State last month in Lincoln, but comes into the Big Ten Tournament with four straight double digit losses. The Cornhuskers can always rely on 15 points a night and solid leadership from Tai Webster, but besides that, Nebrasketball is quite inconsistent. The Nittany Lions will move on to face Michigan State Thursday as long as Mike Watkins and Lamar Stevens stay out of foul trouble.

Penn State 73, Nebraska 68

 

Alex Trias, Executive Officer

Penn State is building momentum with wins against Maryland and Illinois and I think it will continue Tuesday against a Nebraska team that is currently on a 3 game losing streak.

Penn State 75, Nebraska 68

 

 

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LoB Exec predictions @ Iowa

Greg Zelinske, President

Nothing like a good upset on the road to boost us into the B1G Tournament

Penn State 73, Iowa 67

Nick Malizia, Vice-President & Social Media Manager

The basketball gods owe us a lot. It starts vs. Iowa.

Penn State 68, Iowa 63

Andrew Flatley, Treasurer

Final game of the regular season, and I feel like it could go either way. I think homecourt advantage is ultimately going to tip the scale, and the Hawkeyes are going to win in a nail biter.

Penn State 70, Iowa 72

Mercedes Fraistat, Secretary

It’s the last game so I figured it should write one more prediction. Against the Hawkeyes the Nittany Lions have the chance to finish out the season on a high note. They’re gonna win.

Penn State 77, Iowa 72

Mike Kwasnik, Webmaster

Last game, let’s get on a roll.

Penn State 75, Iowa 73

Liz Cooney, Executive Officer

I have high hopes that Penn State will finish out the regular season with a dub and have some momentum going into the B1G Tournament. Expect a close game till the end, when Carr hits the winning three as time expires.

Penn State 69, Iowa 68

Shannon Jacob, Executive Officer

We’ll all be cheering the Nittany Lions on as they take on the Hawkeyes but I do see this being a close game.  With it being the last game of the regular season, Penn State needs this close win to keep their hopes high for winning the B1G Tourney.

Penn State 72, Iowa 70

 

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LoB Exec Board Predictions vs. Nebraska

Greg Zelinske, President

There is one major key to this game: Rebounding. Nebraska is a fantastic team on the boards. If the Nittany Lions can overcome that, along with their rigorous travel schedule the last two weeks, I think PSU takes this one. It also helps that B1G Freshman of the Week Lamar Stevens and rising star Tony Carr have finally hit their stride and are looking very comfortable playing in the B1G. Chambers. Something something slow start and big second half.

Penn State 76, Nebrasketball 69

Nick Malizia, Vice-President & Social Media Manager

Hot take: I don’t like the term “Nebrasketball”…..today.

Penn State 76, Nebrasketball 65

Andrew Flatley, Treasurer

This team is on fire! The Philly Six are going to play a consistent, full game, and PSU is going to bring home the W to Happy Valley.

Penn State 76, Nebraska 72

Mike Kwasnik, Webmaster

PSU travels to Lincoln to take on the best meme name there is, Nebrasketball! Tai Webster and Glynn Watson are one of the best backcourt duos in the conference. The Lions will need to slow them down in order to be victorious. If Payton and Shep can catch some fire from behind the arc, watch out. Feed the post too. If not, this could be similar to last year

Penn State 73, Nebraska 71 OT

Liz Cooney, Executive Officer

Penn State is on FIRE (insert flame emojis). Nebraska is coming off a close OT loss to Wisconsin so this won’t be an easy win for our Nittany Lions. I expect BANK$ and Tony Carr to have big games, allowing us to win. Boy, do I wish that this was home so Greg could wave the L flag at Nebraska after the game.

Penn State 75, Nebraska 61

Gavin Vanstone, Executive Officer

Another game where Vegas likes us less than I like us. I think we can win this game against a Nebrasketball team that hasn’t really found its stride yet this season. A good out of conference win against Dayton and four B1G wins over Purdue, Indiana, Maryland, and Iowa. How they beat the first three, I’m still not entirely sure. Nebraska has two good guards in Tai Webster and Glynn Watson Jr., so Penn State is gonna need a big day on the defensive side of the ball from Tony, Shep, Josh, and hopefully Terrance. If the combo of Webster and Watson score less than 30, Penn State wins. If not, this could be a long night.

Penn State 76, Nebraska 74

Shannon Jacob, Executive Officer

Its simple for me. It will be a tough game but as long as the Philly six keep showing up including Tony Carr (Captain) and Lamar Stevens (B1G Freshman of the week) it will be lit. I see the lions putting up a fight against Nebraska even though the Huskers are a good team. I do wish to see Payton Banks and SH3P draining more threes but time will only tell. This team means a lot me and therefore the best Valentine’s day gift is obviously them winning.

Penn State 76, Nebraska 71

Patrick Burns, Executive Officer

Since losing to Rutgers, newly-minted Captain Tony Carr and reigning B1G Freshman of the Week Lamar Stevens have been the main components in Penn State’s improved leadership, rebounding, and offensive production. Even though Nebraska has only one win in its last nine games, it can rebound the basketball as good as any other team in the country. We’ll also see if travel plays a factor in this game, as Nebraska is coming off four days rest and has not played on the road in over a week, while Penn State just hopped on a plane for the third time in as many days. Rebounding, a difficult venue and fatigue could plague the Nittany Lions Tuesday night, but I’m optimistic at PSU’s chances to earn its third-straight victory.

Penn State 78, Nebraska 76

Alex Trias, Executive Officer

Penn State is building momentum with wins against Maryland and Illinois and I think it will continue Tuesday against a Nebraska team that is currently on a 3 game losing streak.

Penn State 75, Nebraska 68

 

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LoB Exec Board Predictions vs. Maryland

Greg Zelinske, President

I have no clue to think about this one. No. Clue. I thought coming out after the 3OT loss at Indiana that the Nits would be fired up. Well, I was wrong. They were absolutely gassed and it showed in their loss to a lowly Rutgers squad last Saturday. I really want to hope that loss lit a fire under these guys, especially newly-proclaimed captain Tony Carr. If nothing else, knowing that the team went right to the practice gym after that loss continues to show me how much this crew wants to keep getting better. If Shep comes out firing and Tony continues his great performances, then I foresee a nice upset win. If they start slow, Melo Trimble is going to make them pay. Also, it’s a turtle, not a Terp.

Penn State 73, Maryland 75 in a heartbreaker.

Nick Malizia, Vice-President & Social Media Manager

This game is too early. 6 PM tip? Jeez. Penn State might be caught sleeping. BUT THEY WILL STILL UPSET THE TERPS!

Penn State 82, Maryland 70

Andrew Flatley, Treasurer

This one’s going to be rough. After the loss to Rutgers, I feel like this team is pretty down about themselves. I hope it lights a fire under them, but I just don’t see it translating on the scoreboard. UMD is a top 25 team, and with a player like Melo Trimble, I feel like they’re going to wipe the floor with PSU. Let’s hope the boys prove me wrong.

Penn State 64, Maryland 77

Mike Kwasnik, Webmaster

Reeling after a tough home loss, the Terps come to town at the top of the Big Ten and a whopping 20-3 record. The Lions need to rebound and force contested shots in order to give themselves the best opportunity to win. In addition, players must move away from the ball to create space. This is tough to predict, as both teams are fairly young.

Penn State 68, Maryland 70

Liz Cooney, Executive Officer

Like Greg said, I have no idea what to expect from this game. A loss to Rutgers after a game like Indiana is just heartbreaking. This season, it seems like after a rough patch like this, they bounce back. I just hope that that’s the case tonight.

Penn State 64, Maryland 80

Gavin Vanstone, Executive Officer

Vegas seems to like us a bit more than I do, with the game opening at PSU +3. I think PSU can steal the W, but they need a lot more fluidity on offense. They can’t have any lulls and they need to come out fast and furious. The other key is shutting down Trimble. Josh is going to have his hands full. Another fun fact, since joining the B1G, each of these games have been decided by 6 or less points.

Maryland 72, Penn State 66

Shannon Jacob, Executive Officer

Penn State recently lost to a disappointing game to Rutgers. I hope this disappointment as well as naming Tony Carr  a captain fires these Nittany Lions up. They will need to bring out their big guns.  Josh Reaves has been a player that always seems to bring the game to new heights with his defensive skills and steals. Josh Reaves paired with the lions getting the rebounds will allow them to compete with the Terps. However, I sadly do believe that they won’t be able to hold to the Terps. Either way, you all know we’ll be cheering them our boys on.  

Penn State 71, Maryland 77

Patrick Burns, Executive Officer

Tonight offers a great opportunity for Penn State to avenge this past weekend’s brutal loss to Rutgers. Maryland has one central weakness: turning the ball over. Penn State has undeniably been at its best this season when it runs in transition. The Lions are dangerous when playing up-tempo, and if Josh Reaves, Tony Carr and Terrence Samuel can wreak havoc defensively, this game will be closer than many expect.

Maryland 78, Penn State 74

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LoB Exec Board Predictions @ Indiana

Greg Zelinske, President

Revenge will be oh. so. sweet.

Penn State 72, Indiana 67

 

Nick Malizia, Vice-President & Social Media Manager

End of the game will be: Shep, 3 pointer, turns to the students, SHHHHHHHHHH!

Penn State 73, Indiana 68 (On top of not learning how to read in college, Nick also never learned how to count)

 

Andrew Flatley, Treasurer

This one’s going to be close. Penn State’s coming off a nice win against Illinois, while the Hoosiers are coming off two consecutive losses. In the end, I think the home court advantage is going to be the thing to tip the scale in the favor of the Hoosiers – but it’ll be a close one.

Penn State 70, Indiana 73

 

Mike Kwasnik, Webmaster

The salt will salivate my mouth. Hoops crew, revenge will be had.

Penn State 75, Indiana 72

 

Liz Cooney, Executive Officer

Close games are awesome. Close game losses not so much. It stung, but this team is ready to fight back.

Penn State 72, Indiana 69 #nice

 

Gavin Vanstone, Executive Officer

Another tough one for the Nittany Lions. Assembly Hall is not a friendly place to play. If Shep can come alive, the sky’s the limit. I haven’t seen enough from this team to give them a tough win on the road though. Indiana does have some significant injuries though so anything is possible ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

Indiana 75, Penn State 66
Shannon Jacob, Executive Officer

I see Penn State starting out strong against Indiana but unfortunately misses late shots that make the game harder to handle. It will be another nail biter until the very end.

Penn State 73, Indiana 72

 

Alex Trias, Executive Officer

Anunoby is out for the season. Blackmon Jr out indefinitely with a leg injury. With these two guys out, especially Blackmon who was a real big part to why they beat Penn State at the final buzzer last time around, Penn State has the opportunity to win the second matchup between these two teams, as long as we can play a more consistent 40 minutes of basketball.

Penn State 75, Indiana 70

Mercedes Fraistat, Secretary

Hey! I’m back! After a few tough games on the road and a great win at home the Lions are back on the road to Indiana! Personally I cannot wait to see the team dominate the court. I predict another tough battle but the Lions will come out victorious.

Penn State 72, Indiana 69

 

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LoB Exec Board Predictions vs. Illinois

Greg Zelinske, President

 

Well. A buzzer beating heartbreaker and 2 beatdowns back to back have placed the Nittany Lions on a 3 game skid as they head into a match up against the Fighting Illini. I truly believe Penn State outmatches Illinois in most aspects heading into this. Illinois bigman Maverick Morgan averages just 4 rebounds a game(that’s bad). Win the paint, win the game and I believe Watkins and Moore can do that, even with almost certain foul trouble. Chambers and co. will break the skid.

 

Penn State 74, Illinois 62

 

Nick Malizia, Vice-President & Social Media Manager

Greg always yells at me for my short predictions so I’m doing this to make him mad. We win.

 

Penn State 73, Illinois 71

 

Andrew Flatley, Treasurer

It’s here! Gameday is back in Happy Valley, and it’s looking to be a good one. Although PSU has been pretty much dead, I think the guys are going to come into the game ready to kick butt and take names. With the crowd behind them, PSU is going to cruise to victory, and bring a ton of momentum with them into next week.

Penn State 84, Illinois 75

 

Mike Kwasnik, Webmaster

Finally, after a trip only comparable to hell, the Nittany Lions return home to face Illinois. They have Malcolm Hill, who is a sensational player and will get his points. He scored over 30 last year but the Lions came away victorious. I see another competitive game where PSU pulls away at the end.

 

Penn State 75, Illinois 68

 

Liz Cooney, Executive Officer

Time after time this season, when Penn State is faced with adversity, they fight back. Although the last couple games have been rough, these guys will pull out a victory.

Penn State 75, Illinois 65

 

Shannon Jacob, Executive Officer

The road that the Lions took was rough suffering big time to Purdue and then Wisconsin. However, they are headed home to take on Illinois. The Lions will need to use all their disappointment and anger towards Illinois. As long as they can keep their fouls down and make their shots in the paint, they will take the W. This should be an exciting game that will hopefully get more people to CLIMB WITH US!

Penn State 74, Illinois 66

 

Alex Trias, Executive Officer

The last two games were not fun to watch, but that was the hardest part of Penn State’s schedule, so I believe they will be ready to make a statement against Illinois at home at the Bryce Jordan Center. On the stat sheet, Illinois and Penn State are very similar, sothe winner will be whoever get ahead early and stay out of foul trouble. If we come to play with a fire lit under them, this Penn State team can show the potential that they will have in the very near future.

Penn State 69, Illinois 65

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