Post Oak Mall, the Penn State football team that beat Georgetown last weekend in the quarterfinals of the Ivy League tournament, will host Georgetown on Sunday.
It’s the only time Penn State will play in the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year, as the Nittany Lions finish their first season in the Big Ten after a stunning 20-10 loss to Virginia Tech in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
The winner of the game will advance to the NCAA Championship Game.
Penn State is the first team to advance to a Final Four since 2010, when the team made it to the Final Four in front of a crowd of 18,000.
Penn St. lost to Michigan St. in the first round, and the Lions also fell to Villanova in the semifinals.
and Villanova have both qualified for the Final four.
“This will be the first time in four years that we’ve been able to go to the national championship,” said Penn St.’s Bryce Lovell, who played for Penn State from 2004-06.
“That will be great for the program and great for our fans.
We know we’re going to be able to bring a lot of fans out for this game.”
The game will be broadcast on CBS and ESPN3.
In the last six NCAA tournament games, Penn State has won all four.
It beat Ohio St. 52-46 in the last-second victory in the 2013 NCAA Sweet 16.
Penn St. beat Georgia Tech in overtime in the 2016 NCAA Tournament.
After a 6-0 start to the season, the Nits are 4-4 since the NCAA Final Four.
This is the only season since 2011 that the Nites have not qualified for a Final Five, with all of their previous appearances coming against schools such as Notre Dame, UCLA and USC.
Penn st. is 8-3 in the regular season and is in its third consecutive Big Ten tournament.
This year, the program has reached the Final Five for the first year in program history.
Penn St., which is the reigning Ivy League champions, is in a two-game sweep of Michigan St., the second-ranked program in the country.
defeated the Wolverines 65-51 in the opener for the series on Saturday.
Last season, Penn St.-Michigan St. was the most lopsided game in Penn St s history, with Penn st winning all four games by a combined score of 74-48.
In 2016, Penn st lost to Wisconsin by a score of 38-13 in the final minutes.
The game marked the second straight year that the Badgers lost to Penn st., the Nitty Gritty Dirtbaggers, in the finals of the Big 12 tournament.
The Badgers were upset by Nebraska by 35-23 in the title game, which Penn st won in overtime.
It was the fifth consecutive year that Penn st was upset in the championship game.
Penn shamed Michigan st. in a 70-51 victory in 2017.
Earlier this week, the Big East announced that it had hired Penn St to replace Georgetown as the league’s regular-season and postseason champions.
A victory over Penn st would guarantee the Big E a spot in the 2017 NCAA Championship.
Following the Georgetown loss, PennSt beat Michigan St by 20 points on Friday.
Penn is now 3-0 in its last four home games against Georgetown, including a victory over the Hoyas in 2016.
#PennSt is 0-1 vs Georgetown this season, including 2-0 on the road.
#WeArePennSt pic.twitter.com/pG3gOeRQdT — Penn St (@PennSt) December 3, 2017 Penn st has won 17 straight home games, including nine straight vs. Georgetown.
The Nittas are 2-1 against Georgetown this year.
Nittas head coach Kevin Ollie is the first coach in school history to win at least 15 games in each of the first six seasons of the program.
Penn had just one losing season, in 1995-96, and only two more than the Hoyases.
Ollie led Penn to a 13-5 mark and a spot at the NCAA championship in the 1998 season.
He was named the College Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.
Since moving to Philadelphia, Ollies teams have won four NCAA championships, and in the past five seasons, the team has made the Final Fours for the fourth time.
Despite playing two games against Villanova and one against Miami, Penn is the team to beat in the Ivy Leagues quarterfinals.
The Nittnas are 5-0 against the Pirates, winning each of those games.
Sophomore forward Aaron Gordon has scored in double figures in three straight games, and sophomore guard Alex Collins has scored 20 points in each game.