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    Game #31 vs Penn State - B1G Tourney


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    • Nebraska Cornhuskers (12-18) vs Penn St. Nittany Lions (14-17)

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      Date: Wednesday Mar. 8

      Time: 3:30 pm CST 
      Arena: Verizon Center in DC

      TV Broadcast:  ESPN2

    Penn St. Info

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    Head Coach: Pat Chambers
    Location: University Park, PA
    Conference: B1G
    Nickname: Nittany Lions

    Mascot: The Nittany Lion
    Last time out: Lost to Iowa

    Typical Rotation Depth: 8+
    Line: Penn St by 1.5
    Tempo: Fast Paced (Quick shot offense, slower defense)
    Style: High Assist/Low 3pt attempts

    4 Factors Good: Forcing Turnovers, shot defense
    4 Factors Bad: Shooting, Rebounds

    Four Factors
    Effective FG%: 48.0 280 48.4 85 50.4
    Turnover %: 18.6 156 21.0 50 18.8
    Off. Reb. %: 27.0 254 30.8 235 29.4
    FTA/FGA: 34.4 206 31.3 94 35.5

     

    Most Frequently Used Lineup over the last 5 games

    1
    5 Glynn Watson
    6-0  175  So
    0 Tai Webster
    6-4  195  Sr
    11 Evan Taylor
    6-5  206  Jr
    12 Michael Jacobson
    6-9  230  So
    32 Jordy Tshimanga
    6-11  275  Fr
    12.7
    1
    10 Tony Carr
    6-3  198  Fr
    33 Shep Garner
    6-2  187  Jr
    23 Josh Reaves
    6-4  210  So
    11 Lamar Stevens
    6-7  218  Fr
    24 Mike Watkins
    6-9  246  Fr
    29.5

     

    These five guys along with Payton Banks are playing the majority of minutes for Penn St.

     

     

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    Player to Watch: Mike Watkins

    Redshirt Freshman Center Mike Watkins is part of a young core that of Philly players that coach Pat Chambers has recently tapped into. Watkins leads the team in blocks and rebounds and expect Nebraska to be much more aggressive to the paint when he isn't in the game. Watkins is the also most efficient scorer on the team. Last time out Nebraska was able to attack Watkins.

     

    The Skinny

    Neither team has won since mid-February so this lowly 12-13 matchup is a bit of a chance for one team to hang their hat on for a least one day. Traditionally these teams have played fairly close including 2 years ago when Penn State beat Nebraska by 3 in the tourney.

     

    Defensively, this is the poor shooting opponent that Nebraska can get back on track against.  Penn St is more than willing to take bad shots all night and chances are that many of them won't go in.  Offensively, how much do they want it inside against Watkins? Will we see the return of Glynn Watson?

     

    There is a good chance that whichever team gets down in this game is going to roll over and just die. Is this Nebraska team simply ready to give up and go home?  Seems like this game has the potential to be a throwback rock fight.  The Huskers have played in so many close ones this year. Will they pull it out if that's the case for this game?

     

    Prediction: Nebraska 69 - Penn St 64


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