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PSU coach Pat Chambers: ‘We’re a good team… get used to it’

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Penn State basketball coach Patrick Chambers is fighting for respect for his team – that much was apparent after the Nittany Lions lost to Pitt on Tuesday.

 

Asked a question of whether “proving you could play with (Pitt)” instead of losing by 37 like they did last time, Chambers politely answered it. And then he seemed to turn his annoyance level up a notch. Below is a transcript of the full exchange between Chambers and the media:

 

 

“Whether it’s Pitt or whoever in the Big Ten, I feel like we have a good solid team.

 

“And I hope people start taking us seriously. Because I feel like, and I know (the PSU players) were tired of everybody talking about us like we’re not a good team. ‘Aren’t you proud to be on the same floor?’ What does that mean? What does that really mean? We’re a good team, we’re a good basketball team, get used to it. How’s that sound?”

 

You don’t think people take you seriously?

 

“No. No, not at all.”

 

Why? I’m curious.

 

“I’m sure because of history.

 

“Our attitude has changed, our mindset has changed. We’re competing at a high level. We’re just not seeing great results the last two games, but we’re getting there.”

 

Does this game help along those lines?

 

“If you win it, yeah.”

 

Don’t you think beating Bucknell would help that?

 

“Yeah I agree.

 

“Nice low blow, but yeah I agree, you’re right.”

 

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Author: Chris Adamski

Chris Adamski has been tirelessly working in Pittsburgh sports media for more than 12 years. He has extensively covered the Steelers, Pirates, Penguins, Pitt, Duquesne and the WPIAL and been a fixture at the biggest events in town over that time -- two Stanley Cup Finals, two AFC Championship games, the 2006 MLB All-Star Game and the 2011 NHL Winter Classic, just to name a few. Chris has been the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Penn State football beat writer since the start of the 2013 season. His primary offseason responsibility is assisting in the Trib's Penguins hockey coverage.

 
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