Penn St Info
Head Coach: Pat Chambers
Location: University Park, PA
Conference: B1G 10
Nickname: Nittany Lions
Last time out: Lost at Purdue
Typical Rotation Depth: 8-9 players
Line: Nebraska by 5
Shirt not to wear: Navy Blue, Thundercat
Fun Fact : The Nittany Lion nickname comes from local landmark Mount Nittany. They made up the name to impress some dudes from Princeton.
0 Tai Webster 6-4 194 Fr
5 Terran Petteway 6-6 209 So
31 Shavon Shields 6-7 219 So
2 David Rivers 6-7 198 Jr
35 Walter Pitchford 6-10 234 So
23 Tim Frazier 6-1 170 Sr
13 Geno Thorpe 6-3 180 Fr
2 D.J. Newbill 6-4 205 Jr
43 Ross Travis 6-6 225 Jr
5 Donovon Jack 6-9 210 So
Last Game vs Penn St
Mark down the trip to Happy Valley as one of the games that might make the difference between the NCAA and NIT. Nebraska led most of this low scoring, ugly game but could never put it away. Penn St went on a small run and the Huskers couldn't answer. There were 4 Natty Lions in double digits led by DJ Newbill's 16.
That game was the first B1G victory for Penn St and was part of a 3 game winning streak that included a win over Ohio St. The loss also started a run for the Huskers which has seen them go 5-1 since.
Nebraska has tweaked their lineup to include David Rivers in place of Ray Gallegos. This lineup brings a lot of size to the table as Tai Webster is your shortest player at 6'4". It's also gives you 3 players on the bench in Parker, Gallegos, and Smith that specialize in defense, shooting, and inside play, respectively, that you can inject as needed.
Both Penn St and Nebraska are middling 3 pt shooting teams so both will concentrate on packing the paint to minimize penetration. Both teams also will bail on offensive rebounds in order to slow down transition points...which was how Penn St won in Happy Valley. Tim Frazier and DJ Newbill are the main catalysts for the Nittany Lions...expect to see plenty of Benny Parker on Fraizer as the senior point guard is the key to getting the rest of the team easy shots.
For all you Husker historians who talk about the inevitable shoe dropping, this very well could be a let down game against a hard nosed Penn St team that is rarely intimidated. However, if you look back through Tim Miles' short tenure at Nebraska you'll notice that he rarely loses to a team he supposed to beat at home. Vegas likes us tonight and so should you.
Prediction: Nebraska 74 - Penn St 64 with a 78% chance of Runzas