Penn State, and lessons in 68 teams
It's more than a minor coincidence that our two-part examination of the mechanics of the new 68-team NCAA tournament field comes from Penn State; I am here in the land of Joe Paterno not to visit Beaver Stadium but to contribute to this week's ESPN Tip-Off Marathon.
The Penn State Nittany Lions host the Saint Joseph's Hawks on Tuesday (ESPN3 , 7:30 p.m. ET). In the grand scheme of things, this isn't an especially meaningful game -- but then again, if we were to turn back the clock to March 2009, we would quickly realize that every game has become meaningful to the Lions.
For Lunardi's full take here, you need to be an Insider -- that would also get you his Rundowns, Bilas' blog, Gottlieb's blog, John Gasaway and College Hoops Pick Center.