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    Game Day Essentials: Game #25 vs Penn State


    hhcdimes
    • Nebraska Cornhuskers (10-14) vs Penn St. Nittany Lions (14-12)

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      Date: Tuesday Feb. 14

      Time: 8:00 pm CST 
      Arena: PBA

      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 Illinois

    Shirt not to wear: Blue, Thundercat
    Typical Rotation Depth: 8+
    Line: Nebraska by 4
    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

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    5 Glynn Watson
    6-0  175  So
    0 Tai Webster
    6-4  195  Sr
    11 Evan Taylor
    6-5  206  Jr
    10 Jack McVeigh
    6-8  215  So
    12 Michael Jacobson
    6-9  230  So
    10.1
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    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
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    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.

     

    The Skinny

    This is sort of the same Penn St team, but it's not.  Thus, it's a gritty, poor shooting group but instead of transfers and spare parts Pat Chambers has been able to beat out some national powerhouses for talent in Philadelphia, specifically Philly powerhouse Roman Catholic HS whose alumni account for three of Penn St's five starters. With a few decent road wins and plus B1G victories over Maryland, Michigan St. and Minnesota the fightin' Chambers have proven they can knock off most anyone in the league. 

     

    Offensively Penn St is challenged but it's more about knowing the strengths and weakness of each individual player and guarding accordingly. PG Tony Carr drives everything and it's all about keeping him out of the paint as the relatively poor shooter regularly gets to the FT line as well as feeding Watkins. Banks and Garner are the guys who will shoot the most 3s. Stevens and Reeves are slash to the paint guys. Penn St. typically presses the ball and takes the first open look. Keeping Watkins/Moore off the glass for those misses will be a key as well as not absorbing too much contact. This isn't a team well equip to exploit Nebraska's 3pt defense.

     

    Defensively Penn St is going to pressure you into turnovers and block shots with Watkins in the game. Their soft man defense will at points bog down the Huskers and lull them into low percentage shots. Look for their to be plenty of offensive rebound opportunities and for Nebraska to score some easy points off of steals.  Take the big road win over Illinois with a grain of salt; the Illini are the mentally softest team in the B1G 10.  The Huskers can full court press or 1-3-1 their way back into this game if they're behind and this is a young Penn St that isn't yet ready to close out close games on the road.  

     

    Penn St has yet to play Nebraska within 10 in Lincoln. At some point they'll get closer and at some point will win. Will that be tonight?

     

    Prediction: Nebraska 75 - Penn St 66

    Edited by hhcdimes


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    Penn State's roster has no Seniors.  But take a look at the ESPN recruiting numbers for their roster and as you can see they have a slight talent (on paper) edge against us.  This'll be a dogfight for sure:

     

    Penn State

    5 Juniors:

    Samuel - 3* (transfer from UConn - playing)

    Pierce - 3* (transfer from VT - sitting out)

    Garner - 3*

    Banks - 2*

     

    4 Sophomores:

    Reaves - 4* ESPN 100

    Zemgulis - 3*

    Washington - 2*

    Zhao - nr (international)

     

    5 Freshmen:

    Carr - 4* ESPN 100

    Watkins - 4* ESPN 100

    Stevens - 4*

    Bostick - 3*

    Hazle - walk-on

     

     


     

     

    Nebraska

    1 Senior:

    Webster - nr (international)

     

    6 Juniors:
    Copeland - 5* ESPN 100 (transfer from Georgetown - sitting out)

    Gill - 4* ESPN 100 (transfer from Louisville - playing - IR)

    Fuller - 3*

    Palmer - 3* (transfer from Miami - sitting out)

    Taylor - nr

    Laws - walk-on

     

    6 Sophomores:

    Watson - 4* ESPN 100

    Morrow - 4* ESPN 100

    Jacobson - 3*

    McVeigh - nr (international)

    Shultis - walk-on

    Borchardt - walk-on

     

    4 Freshmen:

    Roby - 3*

    Tshimanga - 3*

    Horne - nr

    Elradi - walk-on

     

     

    Edited by 49r
    Borchardt is listed as a FR on ESPN, but clearly he's not...

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