The Nittany Lions popped up at No. in Sunday’s poll, somehow losing six spots despite not yet playing. This would make a bit more sense had SEC teams, which will not start their respective seasons until the week to come, not maintained their spots in the polls.
Neither Penn State basketball team had released a schedule for the upcoming season although a handful of opponents had been made public for both. It's unknown at this time if out of conference competitions will take place in the Big Ten, the conference previously resorting to league-only play for all fall sports. That aside, the NCAA did offering scheduling guidelines as follows.
Talor Battle is a name synonymous with some of Penn State basketball’s more successful eras. His athleticism, ability to shoot from (quite literally) anywhere on the floor, and fiery leadership were instrumental in helping the Nittany Lions bring home an NIT championship in 2009 and make the NCAA Tournament in 2011, in addition to becoming PSU’s all-time leading scorer*. Today, Battle returns to the place where his legend began, this time as a newly-hired assistant coach.