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    Game Day Essentials: Game #19 @ Penn State


    hhcdimes
    • Nebraska Cornhuskers (12-6) at Penn St Nittany Lions (14-2)

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      Date: Friday, Jan 12th, 2017

      Time: 6:00 pm CST 
      Arena: Jordan Bryce Arena

      TV Broadcast:  BTN

    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: Beat Rutgers
    Typical Rotation Depth: 8+
    Line: Penn State by 8

    Tempo: Fast paced

    Defense: Man

    Style: Low assist % / Low 3pa%

     

    4 Factors

    Effective FG%: 53.0 87 46.3 29 50.8
    Turnover %: 18.9 173 21.7 47 19.0
    Off. Reb. %: 32.9 68 26.9 96 29.1
    FTA/FGA: 33.7 176 32.7 158 33.8

     

    Most Frequent Lineups over the last 5 games

     

    Nebraska

    PG SG SF PF C Pct
    1
    5 Glynn Watson
    6-0  173  Jr
    11 Evan Taylor
    6-5  208  Sr
    24 James Palmer
    6-6  210  Jr
    14 Isaac Copeland
    6-9  221  Jr
    32 Jordy Tshimanga
    6-11  268  So
    13.1
     
    2
    5 Glynn Watson
    6-0  173  Jr
    11 Evan Taylor
    6-5  208  Sr
    24 James Palmer
    6-6  210  Jr
    14 Isaac Copeland
    6-9  221  Jr
    20 Tanner Borchardt
    6-8  265  Jr
    6.7


    Penn St

    PG SG SF PF C Pct
    1
    10 Tony Carr
    6-5  204  So
    33 Shep Garner
    6-2  196  Sr
    23 Josh Reaves
    6-4  210  Jr
    11 Lamar Stevens
    6-8  226  So
    24 Mike Watkins
    6-9  254  So
    26.2
     
    2
    10 Tony Carr
    6-5  204  So
    33 Shep Garner
    6-2  196  Sr
    4 Nazeer Bostick
    6-4  203  So
    11 Lamar Stevens
    6-8  226  So
    24 Mike Watkins
    6-9  254  So
    7.3

     

    Obviously we know that Jordy is not playing but would you have guessed our second most used line up involves Tanner Borchardt? Crazy times.

    Speaking of crazy time really big question is the status of super efficient starter Josh Reaves.  His backup  Nazeer Bostick is still a good defender but a serious downgrade offensively.

     

    Players to watch: Tony Carr and Lamar Stevens

     

    The prized Sophomore Philly area HS teammates drive this Penn State team and both players dominate the shots like Petteway and Shields did back in the day. Carr is the main cog as the 6'5" PG drives the action, leading the team in scoring and assists.  Carr is an undisciplined shooter so it's possible to lure him into taking low percentage mid-range shots. 

     

    The Skinny

    Coming into a tough road game where Nebraska hasn't won since Miles' first year it's been a drama filled 2 days as starting center Jordy Tshimanga doesn't make the trip to Happy Valley and may be leaving Nebraska for good.  Is Isaiah Roby worrying about having to find another roommate? Sudden departures can sometimes rip teams apart; sometimes it will pull them together.  For the purposes of this game, just imagine that it's one of those games where Jordy looks bad on the court but you don't actually have to watch that part of the game (and the team doesn't suffer the empty possessions.)  Look for veteran Dube Okeke to get the starting nod, make a run for that starting tip, and hopefully not pick up 2 fouls before the first TV timeout. Expect a heavy mix of Dube and Tanner unless they either foul out or big Mike Watkins starts eating them up.

     

    Penn St is a hard team to figure out because much like Nebraska they haven't really beaten anyone but have cleared out any of the lower competition (minus a home loss to a salty Rider squad). Unlike every other Pat Chambers team at Penn St, this one can shoot as they sport a top 100 eFG% in addition to the hard nosed grinding you're used to.  Nebraska has been starting to lock in defensively. Can they shut down the super talented pieces of this Penn St. squad?  The Lions are like Minnesota in a sense that if you can make your way to their bench there is a drop off.

     

    Even with Reeves out of the game you have to think this will be one of those close testy games where neither team backs down. Your guess is as good as mine which team comes out on top. Let's go with the better FT shooting team.

     

    Prediction: Nebraska 73 - Penn State 71

     

     

    Edited by hhcdimes

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